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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) School District Updates updates

We have created a website with important information during the COVID-19 school closure.

Click to view the COVID-19 section of our website>

 

Emily Brittain Office Hours office hours

You can find a teacher's email address by searching their name in our online directory. If you are not sure how to spell it, simply type the first few letters. Click to search our online directory>

Teachers are holding office hours during the school closure. During this time, teachers should be quick to reply to emails.  To view a teacher's office hours, simply search their name in the directory and click on "profile." Their office hours should be listed in the bio section of their profile. 

Office Hours for Emily Brittain Special Area Teachers are listed below.

Emily Brittain Lost & Found EB Lost & Found

If you see something that belongs to your child, please email Mrs. Rauschenberger at joyce_rauschenberger@butler.k12.pa.us or call the school and leave a message. Thank you! Click to watch the video>

Picking Up Student Belongings at Emily Brittain

Dear Emily Brittain Parents and Families,

As the school year comes to a close, we want to share some information about picking up and dropping off personal belongings and school materials.

A Message from the Superintendent -- May 27, 2020

As the 2019-2020 school year comes to a rather unconventional close, I wanted to thank you all once again for your patience and flexibility. 

The last few months have been challenging. The impact on our schools will be lasting in many ways. 

Learning Pathways Learning Pathways

The 2019-2020 school year is not yet over, but we are already starting to plan for next year. The COVID-19 school closures have dramatically changed the landscape of public education. As a result, we must reimagine who we are and how we serve students and families to provide the learning they need moving forward in our evolving society.

As we plan, our driving theme is to empower parents and students to make decisions that are the best for their individual situation. Parents and students will be able to select from three learning pathways beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. 

2020 Virtual FAB Showcase virtual fab

The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. cordially invites you to visit the 2020 Virtual FAB Showcase.  Please use the following link to access the Virtual FAB site on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.  Let the Show Begin . . . it’s only a click away! Click to access the 2020 Virtual FAB Showcase>

School Nurse May Newsletter May newsletter

School nurses have several important updates to share with our families. Please read their most recent newsletter for the latest updates, links to forms and other important information. Click to read the May Newsletter>

Email Issues Are Resolved

The issues our email host was experiencing with our outgoing messages has been resolved. Thank you for your patience!

 

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Message from May 12

Our email host is experiencing issues that is preventing some of our emails from going through. As a result some emails sent externally from our faculty and staff members to parents may be getting delayed or may be getting bounced back as undeliverable. We do not believe we are having any issues receiving emails from others. This issue is only with outgoing messages. 

We realize this is incredibly frustrating, especially at a time when we reply so heavily on email. We will continue to work with our email host to resolve the issues as soon as possible. 

Thank you for your patience. 

Teacher Appreciation 2020 teacher appreciation

Dear Butler Area School District Faculty,

Two months ago, you were all working hard to deliver high quality, innovative instruction in our classrooms. As I walked through the halls of our schools earlier this year, I was proud of the work I saw.

Then, our Governor closed our schools and we asked you all to figure out a way to deliver instruction remotely so that our students could continue to learn at home. Once again, you rose to the challenge.

The past few weeks have been very difficult. Yet, you continue to show up each and every day to be a consistent source of encouragement and support in the lives of our students.

Kindergarten Registration Calling All Five Year Olds

Dear Butler Area School District Parents/Guardians:

Although we had to cancel several of our kindergarten registration events, we are still registering our students for kindergarten. We’ve even rescheduled several “no contact” kindergarten registration events.

If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020, please visit our website to see all the ways you can complete your child’s kindergarten registration. www.basdk12.org/Content/kindergarten-registration

If you know of a child who is kindergarten ready, we would appreciate it if you would share this message with the child’s parents. 

Thank you!

Butler Area School District
Kindergarten Registration Team

Please Help Us Recognize Our Teachers teacher appreciation

Teacher appreciation week is May 4-8 and we would like to make sure our teachers know how much they are appreciated. If you would like to share a message of appreciation for our Butler Area School District teachers, please submit it using the link below by the end of the day on Monday, May 4, 2020. We will then put these messages together for our teachers and community to see.

Click here to share your message> 

Report Cards are Available on Tyler

Report cards will soon be available in the Tyler Parent Portal. Here is the link to access the portal: https://tylersis.basdk12.org/TSI_Live_360 

How to Find Your Child's Report Card

If you are not familiar with the Tyler Parent Portal, we have steps for how to access your child's report card below. 

Click for steps to access report cards from a desktop or laptop computer>

Click for steps to access report cards from a mobile device or tablet>

World Book Day

Happy National Library Week and World Book Day! Check out this message from our school librarians that includes resources for finding new books to read online! Click "read more" to see their video! 

Tri-Bowl Competition Tri-Bowl

In early March, 32 students in grades 3- 12 attended Tri-Bowl, a state level academic competition. Students were invited to participate because they had earned undefeated scores or were members of first place teams in at least one local academic game competition. 

This year, students participated in On-sets, Propaganda, Linguishtik, Presidents, and Equations at local competitions throughout the year.  The following students earned undefeated scores at the Tri-Bowl competition:

Emily Brittain Video EB We Miss You

We miss our students and families, so we made a video message to say hello! We hope you are all healthy and well. 

Click to watch the video>

An Open Letter to the Staff, Students, Parents and Community of the Butler Area School District

An Open Letter to the Staff, Students, Parents and Community of the Butler Area School District:

The on-going Covid-19 virus has tested everyone’s mettle and resiliency. The rapid-fire directives and decisions emanating from governmental agencies has produced an unbelievable amount of challenges for the staff, students and parents of the Butler District. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the sincere respect and deep appreciation we have for our dedicated and unselfish staff in meeting these difficult challenges.

All Special Education Meetings, Events, Activities, Athletics are Canceled or Postponed events canceled

All meetings, events, activities and athletics are canceled as long as our school district is closed. Currently, we are closed through Sunday, March 29. Thank you for your patience. 

Special Education/ IEP Meetings
All special education meetings, including IEP meetings, that were scheduled to take place during the closure have been postponed. More information for families of special education students can be found on our COVID-19 website. Click to access>

School Board Meetings
The School Board meetings that were scheduled for Monday, March 16 and Monday, March 23 have been canceled. 

PTO and other Parent or Student Meetings
All PTO meetings that were scheduled to take place during our school closure have been canceled. 

Every parent or student meeting that was scheduled to take place during our school closure will be postponed until a later date. 

Events and Activities
All school events and activities are canceled during the school closure. Some events may be rescheduled for a later date. We will share information as it becomes available. 

Athletics
All athletic practices, games and competitions are canceled until further notice. 

 

PSSA Information for Emily Brittain PSSA

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

Beginning next month, all school districts throughout Pennsylvania will participate in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSA). 

Jazz Ensemble Elementary Performance jazz band

The Tornado Jazz Ensemble recently performed for students at three elementary schools. The students at Emily Brittain, McQuistion and Summit enjoyed seeing some of the instruments first hand and hearing the older students perform.

View more photos on Flickr>

After School Meals and Homework Help

The Nutrition Group and Butler Area School District will be offering after school meals to school-age children in the community.  The program is free and open to all school-age children who were 18 years of age or younger at the start of the 2019-20 school year. 

 

Start Date: March 2, 2020

Where:  Emily Brittain Community Partnership and Demonstration School

When:  Monday and Wednesday

Time: 3:45-4:30 p.m.

 

For more information, contact:

Food Service Directors

Helen Walker (724) 214-3223

Lisa Montebell (724) 214-3243

Bobbi Ritts (724) 214-3221

Spring Open House spring open house

Families are invited to join their children at their school for their Spring Open House events. 

 

(POSTPONED) Butler Middle School
March 26, 2020
5:30-7:30 pm

** The Middle School Spring Open House event has been postponed. We will share more information when it becomes available. Thank you for your patience. **

Center Township Elementary School
May 6, 2020
5:45-7:00 pm

Connoquenessing Elementary School
April 30, 2020
6:00-7:15 pm

Emily Brittain Community Partnership & Demonstration School
May 7
6:00-7:15 pm

McQuistion Elementary School
May 5, 2020
5:45-7:00 pm

Northwest Elementary School
April 30, 2020
6:00-7:15 pm

Summit Elementary School
May 6, 2020
6:00-7:15 pm

A Message from the Butler County Superintendents

Parents/Guardians,

The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.

While there are NO confirmed cases at the District level or in Pennsylvania regarding coronavirus, we are continuing to closely monitor updates and are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations in proactively planning should measures need to be put in place. All Butler County Superintendents/Executive Director and School Nurses are maintaining regular contact with Butler County leaders, Pennsylvania Department of Health officials, Butler Health System and other health care providers to discuss official updates, share information and, if needed, to coordinate any response. We are committed to collaborating in this effort and making the best possible decisions for our students, staff and families.

"Count Me In!" Poster Contest count me in

Butler County Commissioners and the Butler Eagle are sponsoring a poster contest for students in kindergarten through fourth grade encouraging county residents to participate in the U.S. Census. 

Six winning entries will be selected (one top prize and five runner-up awards). They will be recognized on April 1, Census Day, at the 10 a.m. county commissioners meeting. Participation awards will also be given.

Students can pick up a poster contest canvas at their elementary school starting on Wednesday, March 4. Entries can also be submitted on 8.5x11 inch or 11x17 inch paper. Projects may use any medium including crayons, chalk, markers and paint. The slogan "Count Me In!" must be included. 

Entries are due Tuesday, March 24 and will be judged on March 30 and 31 by county commissioners. Entries can be dropped off at the Butler Eagle (514 W. Wayne St.). For more information, contact Donna Sybert, Eagle associate managing editor, at 724-282-8000, ext. 243. 

(POSTPONED) FAB Showcase FAB

This event has been postponed. We will share more information when it becomes available. Thank you for your patience. 

Power Outage at Center Township

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

Center Township Elementary School has lost partial power. Without full power in the building, we will be unable to provide lunch to our students and maintain heat throughout the day. 

Our plan is to transport all Center Township Elementary School students to the Intermediate High School via bus at 11:30 am. All students will have the opportunity to eat lunch at the Intermediate High School and participate in various activities throughout the day. 

At the conclusion of the day, we will dismiss bus students directly from the Intermediate High School.  Students who are already scheduled for parent pick up will be transported back to Center Township for dismissal.

Gifted students who were at Center Township today from other elementary schools are currently being sent back to their home schools. Center Township gifted students will be sent to the Intermediate High School with their regular class at 11:30 am. 

If you would like to pick your child up early from school, please try to arrive at Center Township before 11:30 am. If you cannot get there before 11:30 and want to pick your child up early, please go to the Intermediate High School. The Intermediate High School office number is 724-214-3400.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility. 

 

Sincerely,
 

Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District

A Message from the Superintendent -- Feb. 26, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians: 

The school year is in full swing -- and unfortunately so is cold and flu season. However, there are preventative measures you can take as a line of defense. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions to help people stay healthy this year: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when sneezing or coughing. 
  • Get plenty of rest. 
  • Eat healthy foods and drink a lot of healthy liquids (avoid sodas). 
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that could be contaminated. 
  • Get your flu shot.
Kids' Weekend Backpack Program -- Spaghetti Dinner Backpack Spaghetti Dinner

Join us on Wednesday, March 11 at Tanglewood from 4-7 pm for a Spaghetti Dinner that benefits the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program. 

The meal includes pasta, meatballs, salad, cupcake and a beverage. You can dine in or take out! There is free parking at the Tanglewood Center (10 Austin Ave, Lyndora, PA 16045). 

  • Adults and children 13 & over -- $10
  • Children ages 4-12 -- $5
  • Children 3 and younger -- free

Bring a food item for the Kids' Weekend Backpack Program and get a free door prize ticket.

We hope to see you there. 

K-12 Comprehensive Guidance Plan

Dear Butler Area School District Parents and Guardians:

Butler Area School District has always maintained a commitment to supporting student development and growth. The School Counseling Department’s mission statement upholds this pledge to student success through academic, social, emotional, and career awareness by means of a collaborative approach with students, parents, educators, and the community. It is our continued goal to develop life-long learners who are productive citizens in this changing global society. To this end, the School Counseling program in the Butler Area School District continues to implement a comprehensive K-12 Guidance Plan to support college and career readiness for all students.

School Make Up Day -- April 9

As you know, school was canceled due to inclement weather on Friday, February 7, 2020. This day will be made up as a traditional school day on Thursday, April 9. All students, faculty and staff should report to school on April 9. 

Should we have another school cancellation, the next scheduled make up day will be on Tuesday, April 14. 

(POSTPONED) Calling All 5 Year Olds -- It's Time to Register for Kindergarten! kindergarten registration

If your child will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2020, it's time to start thinking about kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year! 

Visit our Kindergarten Registration page for more information, including:

  • kindergarten registration dates, times and locations
  • a kindergarten registration timeline
  • kindergarten registration checklist and forms
  • contact information for each elementary school

Click to visit our kindergarten registration page>

The Nutrition Group -- Open Interviews on Feb. 6 Open Interviews

The Nutrition Group is holding open interviews for food service workers on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 12-4 pm at the Butler Senior High School Cafeteria. Part time daylight shifts on Monday-Friday are available. The rate is $9/hour. Call 724-214-3221 with any questions. 

Google Goggles Virtual Field Trip Virtual Field Trip

At Emily Brittain, 4th grade students in Mrs. Reges' class recently borrowed Google Goggles from our local Penn State Extension office. The students used the Google Goggles to take a virtual field trip to the United States monuments and tour the White House. This fun and unique learning experience was an extension of the 4th grade social studies curriculum. 

View more photos on Flickr>

Join us at the next PTO meeting! PTO Meeting

Come join us on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 3:45 in the Library.  We are in the process of planning a fun family evening in the Spring.  We need your input so it’s great fun for all our EB families!  We’ll discuss field day as well as our upcoming Spring fundraiser. 

Interested in being a part of our team?  Come learn about becoming a PTO officer for the 2020-2021 school year!  We are excited to bring those interested alongside as we continue working together for our children for the second half of this school year.  See you on the 30th!

Emily Brittain students take a hands on approach to long division EB Math

Ms. Tonini's 4th grade students have been using technology in math class to problem solve. Instead of paper and pencil, the students have been taking a hands on approach to long division. 

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Shop with a Cop Shop With A Cop

Forty-eight students had the opportunity to participate in “Shop with a Cop” at Walmart today. Officers from our local municipalities, the county and the state participated. Thank you to Walmart and our local police officers for making this special opportunity possible!

Butler Rock Orchestra Visits Elementary Schools Butler Rock Orchestra

The Butler Rock Orchestra recently visited Emily Brittain, Northwest and Summit. The students really enjoyed the music and the concert experience. View photos on Flickr>

Flexible Instructional Day Survey

Dear Butler Area School District Parents and Students:

As you know, Wednesday, November 27 was a Flexible Instructional Day (FID) for Butler Area School District. Since this was our first time implementing FIDS, we would like your feedback regarding the day. 

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey that applies to you.

Parents/Guardians: https://forms.gle/XhXAJTcAVHDeyhe46

Students: https://forms.gle/dQByvrTEXMCsTkEW8

For more information about Flexible Instructional Days, please visit: https://www.basdk12.org/Content/fid.

Thank you!

Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation Receives EITC Donations

Three local businesses have made generous contributions to the Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit  (EITC) Program. Nextier Bank donated $20,000, First National Bank donated $5,000, and UPMC donated $1,000.

The donations will be used to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) education at Butler Area School District.

Please visit the Scholastic Foundation Website at https://www.goldentornadoscholasticfoundation.org/ to learn more about EITC and STEAM.

Community Committee for School Organization Recommendation

Dr. Brian White, Superintendent of the Butler Area School District, shared the recommendation of our Community Committee for School Organization at the School Board meeting on November 18.

The Community Committee for School Organization met four times before making a recommendation.

The report details Butler Area School District’s school organization process to date as well as a recommendation from the Community Committee for School Organization.

Click to view the report>

BASD Educators Recognized by Lorraine Chapter Order of DeMolay

On Wednesday, November 6th, members of Lorraine Chapter Order of DeMolay, and their
younger brothers, the members of William C. Graham Manor Order of Squires, held a special
ceremony and reception recognizing outstanding educators in the area, including several from Butler Area School District!

Flexible Instructional Days Information! FIDs

We have created a "FIDS" page on our website to help keep everybody informed of what to expect for our upcoming Flexible Instructional Day on November 27. Click to visit that page>

BASD Flexible Instructional Day (FID) Update for Nov. 27

Dear Butler Area School District Parents/Guardians: 

Butler Area School District has designated Wednesday, November 27 as a Flexible Instruction Day. Students will not report to school, but will have assignments to complete at home.

Flexible Instructional Days (FID) is a new initiative for schools launched by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students will receive instructional materials from each of their normally scheduled classes for this day to take home. It is expected that all students complete the assigned learning activities and actively participate in the assigned activities. Students will submit work within 10 days (by December 9) to receive attendance credit for this day. Parents of secondary students (grades 7-12) will receive a Verification of Student Attendance form that will need to be signed and returned to designate that their child participated in the assigned student activities. Students with Special Needs will receive Flexible Instructional Day (FID) lessons designed in accordance to their needs as identified in their individualized education plans.

Vision To Learn Mobile Eye Clinic vision to learn logo

Vision To Learn is a non-profit organization that provides free eye exams and glasses to children in need. Vision To Learn will bring their mobile eye clinic to our schools and provide free eye exams to students within the next few weeks. In addition to the exam, students may also receive glasses. 

View the Vision to Learn letter to parents/guardians>

View the Vision to Learn flyer>

View the Vision to Learn consent form>

Emily Brittain and Senior High SOAR Day SOAR Day

Emily Brittain students recently had another great day with Senior High School students.

Senior High School students from the early childhood class prepared activities based on Emily Brittain’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) SOAR model.

For the final activity of the day, senior high school students taught Emily Brittain students a fun dance to the song RESPECT!

School Nurse November Newsletter

We are in the full swing of the school year and unfortunately cold and flu season are fast approaching. In an effort to be proactive, our school nurses would like to share with you preventative measures to avoid getting the flu and to minimize the spread of the flu in our schools. Click to read their November Newsletter>

BASD Instructional Coaches Featured by Prof. Institute for Instructional Coaching Instructional Coaches

Our own amazing Instructional Coaches were recently featured by the Professional Institute for Instructional Coaching! Congratulations to Dave Andrews, Tanya Lewis, and Karen Robb!

https://www.tpiic.org/mentor-blogs/1712/

BASD Delay and Closing Procedures Delay and Closing Procedures

 

The winter season will be here before we know it. I’d like to remind you of our school delay and closing procedures. 

I make the decision to delay or cancel school after I review the weather forecast and consult with our Transportation Department. When necessary, the district also consults with the municipalities and other resources within our community.  Each decision regarding whether or not to delay or cancel school is made with student safety as the primary concern. I recognize that any delay or cancellation can create hardships for our families and do not take this decision lightly.

September Students of the Month SOAR Sept

Congratulations to our September SOAR students of the month! 

Emily Brittain Fall Festival EB Fall Festival

More than 320 people attended Emily Brittain's Fun Fall Festival, which raised $2,300!

We'd like to thank everybody who supported the event, including our faculty, staff members, PTO, parents, students, Senior High National Honor Society students, and Kohl's Cares volunteers. 

View photos on Flickr>

2nd Annual Tuff Tornado Run Tuff Tornado Run

The 2nd Annual Tuff Tornado Run was a huge success!

More than 400 people came out to support The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, Inc. and enjoy a wonderful day. The weather was beautiful and the race was a lot of fun. Thank you to everybody who participated!

Thank you to the generous event sponsors. We appreciate their support! We’d also like to thank all of the individuals who volunteered their time to make this event a success.

November 27 -- Flexible Instructional Day

As you may recall, earlier this school year we submitted a Flexible Instructional Days (FID) application to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We have been notified that our Flexible Instructional Day (FID) application has been approved. 

We are designating Wednesday, November 27 as a FIDs Day. Students will not report to school on Wednesday, November 27. However, they will have assignments to complete.

Community Committee for School Organization Participants Community Committee for School Organization

We are excited to announce the members of Butler Area School District’s Community Committee for School Organization. 

Emily Brittain Family Fun Fall Festival Family Fun Fall Festival

Emily Brittain students and their families are invited to join us at the Family Fun Fall Festival. The Festival will take place on Friday, October 11 from 5-7 pm at Emily Brittain. We hope to see you there!

View flyer for more info and RSVP>

Symphonic Spooktacular! Symphonic Spooktacular!

Little ones do not want to miss this years first Symphonic Spooktacular! Children are encouraged to dress in costume for this fun family event. Our night begins with a "Haunted Hallway" where the children can trick-or-treat through our decorated hallway. At 7:00 pm, the Butler 9th Grade Orchestra will perform some "spooky" favorites in the lobby followed by the Senior High Orchestra. Little ones are encouraged to sit up close on the floor for this interactive concert experience. Following the performance, we have a small festive craft the kids can take home with them. A fun night of costumes, trick-or treat and music for all - we hope to see you there! Doors open at 6:00 pm. Suggested donation $5. All proceeds go to the Butler Orchestra. 

View the flyer>

Emily Brittain and Senior High Golden Tornado Day GT Day

Emily Brittain students had a unique opportunity to partner with Senior High School students and learn what it means to be a Golden Tornado!

Senior High School students engaged Emily Brittain students in fun team building activities throughout the day. The activities included a pep assembly and school spirit games as well as a story and a craft.

Parent Vote -- Community Committee for School Organization

We have received parent nominations for the Community Committee for School Organization. Now we would like parents to vote on the final members of Community Committee for School Organization. 

To vote, please complete the ballot for your child's school and return it to the office at their school by Friday, October 4, 2019.

Butler Spirit Week! spirit week

Butler Area School District Spirit Week will take place Monday, September 30 - Friday, October 4. Click to view the flyer>

Community Committee for School Organization Community Committee for School Organization

We are looking for people who are interested in serving on the Community Committee for School Organization. If you would like to serve the committee, please complete this form that applies to you: 

The nomination forms will be open until Wednesday, September 25, 2019. 

School Calendar Adjustments

We have made adjustments to our school calendar as a result of our delayed start. 

Monday, November 11th has been designated as an Act 80/School Conference day. Students do not need to report to school on this day. Teachers will be able to use that time for parent-teacher conferences. They have also been given the flexibility to schedule parent-teacher conferences earlier in November. 

Wednesday, November 27 has been designated a regular school day for students and teachers. At this point, students and teachers should plan to report to school on that day. However, we are hoping to be able to use that day as a Flexible Instructional Day (FID). We have submitted a FIDs application on behalf of Butler Area School District and will know by early November if our Flexible Instructional Day application has been approved.  

The Gab Squad gab show

Emily Brittain students recently had the opportunity to participate in the GAB SQUAD show. 

“GAB SQUAD programs utilize original music, interactive comedy, and educational discussion to explore themes of tolerance, positive expression, bullying awareness, and above all, the use of creativity as an alternative to negative expression.” (https://gabsquad.com/about)

View photos on Flickr>