I love this weather! I love the cool, brisk mornings and the warm, sunny afternoons. It may be a small thing, but I am trying to do better at noticing the small things. One thing that I am enjoying is being out front in the mornings greeting students. They are so amazing!!! It brings such joy to talk with our students in the cafeteria and hallways. They are awesome!!! I really do have the best job ever.
Picture Make-Ups: Don’t forget! Picture make-ups are tomorrow; Friday, September 23rd. All students need to have their picture taken for our memory book. If your child has not had their picture taken, please remind them to have it taken. We want all our students in the memory book. Thank you!
Cross Country: Last week we had our midseason Quad meet for our cross country runners. All the cross country runners did a great job.
6th grade girls took a grand sweep, Mila Opfermann took 3rd, Abigail Krupar took 2nd, and Jade Whiteley took home 1st place.
In 7th grade girls, we have Reiley Weaver getting 1st place also the 1st of all the girls.
6th boys, Trevor Dance got 1st place and overall 3rd of all the boys. We also have Wyatt Bingham getting 2nd place.
Last but not least we have Mateo Perkins-Moses taking 3rd place for 7th grade boys.
Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who participated. You all showed what it means to be a GREAT Bruin.
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent-Teacher Conferences are next week. The portal for scheduling an appointment is now open on Skyward. You should have received a “Parent Square” last week with instructions on how to sign up for an appointment. We are scheduling in person appointments on Tuesday, September 27th and virtual (Zoom or phone) appointments on Wednesday, September 28th.
Netzsmart Assembly: We had the whole school come together in the auditorium to enjoy the Netzsmart Assembly Wednesday. Our students really seemed to enjoy it and relate to some of the challenges of the digital/technology world. It is a fun way to help kids think about the importance of being a safe social media user. Throughout the school year, we will have some Bruins’ Time lessons from Netsmartz. Follow this link to see some of the resources and supports they have NetSmartz.
Build-A-Bruin: We’re excited about our Build-A-Bruin program this year. This has been very popular in past years. Below is how it works:
10-piece Bear puzzle for every day classes OR a 5-piece Bear puzzle for every other day classes. A puzzle piece is added each time a 1st period class has 85% attendance.
When a bear is complete, the class receives a certificate, a small treat for the class, and an announcement will be made. The class will spin the Build-A-Bruin wheel for prizes (mechanical pencils, chips, 5 Bruin Bucks, and many others). The puzzle will then be reused to earn additional certificates and rewards. This will continue through the remainder of the year. The following classes earned a Build-A-Bruin Bear this week:
Do you like 2D art, 3D art, dance, filmmaking, music, photography, or writing? Then the Reflections contest is for you. The theme this year is “Show Your Voice! ” Entries are due online at https://www.utahpta.org/ref no later than October 11th.
Did you know you can enter Reflections one time in each category? The online system makes entering so easy, a parent could do it!
Do you like to write? Then the Reflections contest is for you. You can submit a poem, narrative, or short story-as long as it isn’t more than 2,000 words.
Because Reflections is online, it’s easier than ever to submit digital art. 2D art can be made using a lot of different materials, or be completely digital. The most important thing is to make sure that your art is original, which means you made it up and didn’t just draw a picture of your favorite superhero or character (copyright violation).
If you haven’t started your Reflections entry, don’t worry they aren’t due until October 11th. We can’t wait to see the incredible entries turned in by Butler Bruins. Remember, your entry needs to be about the theme, “Show Your Voice!”. You will need to write an artist statement between 10 and 100 words explaining how your art fits the theme. This is worth almost half the points. Enter at https://www.utahpta.org/ref
September 23 Picture Make-Up Day
September 27 Parent Teacher Conferences; 4:00-7:45 PM (in person-by appt)
September 28 Parent Teacher Conferences; 4:00-7:45 PM (virtual/phone-by appt)
September 30 No School
October 10-14 College Week
October 12 SCC Meeting; 3:30 PM. Main Office Conference Room
October 19 End of 1st Term
October 20-21 Fall Recess
October 24-28 Red Ribbon Week
After School Activities:
Bruins Den Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 3:00-4:00 PM
Cross Country Tuesday and Thursday; 3:00-4:00 PM
Math Help Tuesday and Thursday; 3:00-4:00 PM
Robotics/Lego League Thursday; 3:00-4:00 PM
Parent Resources: Each week I try to send home various articles or links that I think parents might find useful. Sometimes I share my thoughts about it; sometimes I just share. It takes a village to raise our children and to keep them safe. I hope some of what I send is helpful.
Social Development at a Glance (see attachment)
This-is-most-important-lesson-parents-need-to-teach-middle-school-students-according-to-a-school-counselor This is a quick article about teaching kids to take healthy risks.
How-using-social-media-affects-teenagers quick read with a longer option
Thank you for all that you do. If you are feeling that more than normal anxiety or stress is happening, please let us know. You can contact a teacher, the counselors, or the administration. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns. We are here to help.
Have a great day and remember . . .
It’s always a GREAT day to be a BRUIN!
Ms. Paula Logan
Butler Middle School
Ongoing Items: These items have been mentioned before and serve as a reminder:
Bruins Den – September 27, 28, and 29. We offer homework help after school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This runs from 3:00 to 4:00 PM in the GREAT Room. All students are welcome to attend and work on their homework. Two teachers are present to supervise and assist students.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE – Slow down in all school zones and watch for students at all crosswalks! Our children are so precious and we need to watch out for them. Thank you for helping to keep our students and staff safe.
Student Check-Out – please call ahead to notify the office that you are checking out your student. An ID must be presented to the attendance secretary in the main office. You may then return to your vehicle or wait in the front vestibule for your student.
Doctor/Dentist Excusals – if your student has a doctor/dentist appointment, please send in a note from the doctor/dentist to excuse the absence (E). We cannot excuse an absence without a note from the doctor/dentist. We can mark that it is guardian excused with a G.
Excusing Students – if your child will not be attending school, please contact the attendance office via email/phone to excuse them. Our Attendance line is (801) 826-6810 or you can contact our Attendance Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food/Item Deliveries –As for food items, only individual lunches delivered by a parent will be delivered to a student and should only be when a student forgets to bring a lunch. We do not accept food deliveries from outside vendors for students. Deliveries of school items will be announced for students to come down or possibly sent to the classroom. Balloons or flowers or items that disrupt the school day are kept in the Main Office until the end of the day. Thank you for your understanding.
Badges are expected to be worn every day. They should be on a lanyard and worn where they can be easily seen. Please remind your child/ren to have their badge and wear it every day. Students can get another badge with 25 Bruins Bucks through the Main Office.