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Butterfield Elementary School

3400 W. Massingale Road
Tucson, Arizona  85741
(520) 579-5000  fax (520) 579-5029

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Rocco Sugameli, Principal

November/December, 2002

Dear Parents,

I always find it amazing how fast the school year progresses. It is hard to believe that the holiday season is almost upon us. As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, I would like to let you know how “thankful” I am that you allow me to be the principal at Butterfield. My life has become so much richer as a result of this school and the students, parents, and staff associated with it. I wish that everyone could know what it is like to go to work everyday feeling that they are amongst family. I truly am thankful for the opportunity to be your principal for the last ten years.

Holiday Service Activities: Our K-Kids service club is in the process of a holiday canned food drive. Our community is in desperate need of canned food for the Marana Food Bank. The latest word that we have gotten is that they are very, very low on food heading into the holidays. Please assist us if you can by sending in some canned food with your student. We are keeping the food in the cafeteria so that the students can see the fruits of their labor and watch the pile grow. We will be donating the food to the Marana Food Bank prior to Thanksgiving.

In addition to the canned food drive, the K-Kids along with help from student council will be holding our annual toy drive after the Thanksgiving break. We are asking that each family that can afford to, donate an inexpensive, new, unwrapped toy for the holidays. These toys will be donated to the Miracle in Marana program, which provides food and toys to thousands in our community each year. We have historically provided about 650 new toys each year. Student council will be putting up a tree in our outside courtyard tracking our progress. While we need your help, please understand that we know that there are families that will not be able to participate due to financial need. That is perfectly okay.

While we are on the subject, if your family is in need this holiday season or you know of a Butterfield family that needs assistance please let me know as soon as possible. We certainly want to take care of our own community first.

Lost Items at School: Many of our students are bringing a variety of toys, trading cards, collectibles etc. to school. In many cases, these items provide a quiet, fun, safe recess activity so we have been hesitant to tell the students that they can’t bring them, however, I need to emphasize that the school will not be responsible for lost items. The teachers and administration have many other things to do than to try to hunt down trading cards etc. Please reinforce to your children that they bring these items to school at their own risk and of course, all cards etc. must be in line with our school rules and only be used at recess times. As is stated in our handbook, no electronic games may be brought to school. Thanks for your assistance.

Student Recognition: I wanted to remind you of the information that I put in a short note, which went home with the standards, reports related to student recognition. We will hold our goal setting awards programs as always to honor our students who met their first trimester goals. We are almost ready with a proposal for additional awards based on the behaviors that promote learning and for students that are excelling academically. I will send something home outlining our new program either before the winter break or in the January newsletter right after our return from the break.

On behalf of the entire Butterfield staff, I would like to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and a restful and peaceful holiday season.

Rocky


 
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