Gertrude Chamberlin School
Family Newsletter January 27, 2023 Volume 17 Issue 23
Friday, January 27th - Early Release, 12:30 Dismissal for Staff Development
Friday, February 10th - Report Cards Come Home and Early Release, 12:30 Dismissal for Staff Development
February 27th - March 7th - Winter Break
Planning for Next Year: School Budget Information
Just a quick reminder that South Burlington's school budget is up for a vote on Town Meeting Day on March 7th. This includes a bond issue that plans to address the overcrowding that is impacting the elementary schools.
Information is available on the district website and will be discussed at school board meetings throughout January and February.
Kindergarten Recess is "Snow" Much Fun!
GOTR Registration Begins the week of March 27
Every season, Girls on the Run creates a safe and FUN place for girls of all abilities to make new friends, establish healthy habits and challenge themselves with personal goals. The program is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. It is 10 weeks and features 20 lessons. Information for girls to register will be coming soon.
We need at least 3 coaches to get the team going! We require that at least two coaches be present at each session, and we recommend identifying at least three volunteer coaches so there’s flexibility for any planned or unplanned absences throughout the season. Substitutes and Team Helpers are also required to submit a coach registration form.
Coach registration is open: gotrvt.org/coach
Girls on the Run coaches are trained volunteers who lead a team of participants through a season of powerful and fun lessons. You do not need to be a runner; you simply need to have a desire to support and encourage the next generation.
Or you can contact Courtney Howard email@example.com or Nurse Farrell firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Congratulations to the Wolves Youth Cheer Team!
Our Youth Cheer Team took first place in their first cheer competition last weekend! They competed at Missisquoi Union Valley High School against four other teams. Some of these smiling faces are GCS students!
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBiS) at GCS
A Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a data-driven, problem-solving framework to improve outcomes for all students. MTSS relies on a continuum of evidence-based practices matched to student needs. PBiS is an example of MTSS centered on social behavior. All students receive universal supports in their classroom, like our Second Step program and Wolf Pack Time, and some students receive universal and other layers of assistance. These layers provide more opportunities for practice and feedback while keeping the intervention efficient. At Gertrude Chamberlin School we have a wide variety of interventions for students requiring more than universal supports. We have Second Step booster groups, CICO, Mini Mentors, breaks, jobs, guidance intervention, small group instruction, lunch groups and more. We look at data to determine what group might be the best fit for a particular student. If you would like more information about our layers of support at GCS, please feel free to contact our PBIS coordinator, Ms. Finlayson email@example.com or our behavior coaches, Mrs. Rundle firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Goyet email@example.com.
Last spring many of you responded to a survey that was sent out by our PBIS Team. Our staff spent time reviewing the answers and noting common themes. We used this information to form our action plan for the 22’-23’ school year. One area we are focusing on, is creating a mentorship program for families who are new to GCS. If your child is joining us in 1st-5th grade, families may not know about our traditions, culture, and routines. In an effort to help our new families become familiar with our community, we will pilot a mentoring program between GCS families. Along with this letter is a link to a “Family/Caregiver Mentor Interest Form”. Mentors would meet with Mrs. Post for a training before they meet with their mentee. The mentor and mentee will ideally meet once a month, and have access to an agenda that is managed by the school. The mentor and mentee can decide if they would like to meet more often than the once a month meeting. See our Mentor Handbook for more information.
One of our goals at GCS is to include different stakeholders in our PBIS Universal Team. Our current team includes a coordinator, administrator, a K-2 rep, a 3-5 rep, a special educator, support staff, School's Out staff, and student representatives. We are missing a very important stakeholder, families! We meet once a month to discuss our universal practices, PBIS events, and review non-confidential behavior data to create universal supports for our students. We meet one Monday afternoon a month from 2:50-3:20. 2023 dates are pending at this time. If you are interested in representing our community, please reach out to Mrs. Post at
School Nurse Notes
The Asthma Surveillance Report from the Vermont Department of Health shows that 1 in 12 children have current asthma (~9,000) and 61% of those children had an exacerbation during the past year.
When a child with asthma breathes air mixed with scented products (essential oil diffusers, perfume, smoke from cigarettes or wood burning, etc.) their asthma may flare up and make it more difficult to breathe. These are called asthma triggers. Triggers can also include respiratory infections, allergens, irritants, exercise, cold air and emotions. It's important to remove triggers in the child's environment that can make asthma worse. The main triggers that were identified in the Vermont Surveillance Report were indoor pets, gas stove cooking, carpet / pets in the bedroom and wood stove and fireplace use.
Identifying and reducing triggers in your home
It may seem a bit daunting, but this EPA checklist provides key points, potential action steps and helps identify asthma triggers (and thank goodness we don't have cockroaches in VT!).
Reducing 1-4 triggers can lend to improvement of symptoms.
Asthma Action Plan
3 out of 5 children received an Asthma Action Plan (AAP) from their provider. Consider obtaining an AAP and providing the school nurse with a copy. Communicate with your school nurse(s) about your child's asthma triggers and when their inhaler may be needed.
Be kind, stay well~ Mrs. Farrell
5th Graders Working Hard...
Our 5th graders were working hard this week on their Westward Expansion research projects, learning irregular verbs, understanding dimensions, and plotting data points from a science experiment to find out how many drops of water you can put on a penny. We have a very focused group of 5th graders!
Rally the Wolfpack January 26-28 - FREE Entrance to the High School Games!
Your child was sent home with a bracelet on Wednesday, which gets all SB students into the events below for FREE! Let’s fill the stands and cheer the Wolves on to victory. We hope to see you there.
Rally the Wolfpack January 26-28
Your child will be sent home with a bracelet, which gets all SB students into the events below forFREE! Let’s fill the stands and cheer the Wolves on to victory. We hope to see you there.
Thursday, January 26
Girls Basketball vs CVU
JV at 5:30, Varsity at 7:00
Friday, January 27
Boys Basketball vs Burlington
JV at 5:30, Varsity at 7:00
Saturday, January 28
Dance Competition at 1:00
Girls Hockey vs BFA at 4:50
Boys Hockey vs BFA at 7:20
Basketball games and dance competition are held at the gym at SBHS
Concession Stand and Wolves Wear Store will be open at the basketball games
Hockey games are held at Cairns Arena, Rink 1
For a full calendar of SB athletic events, visit sbwolves.com
GCS Will Have Art Work On Display at the Champlain Valley Regional Art Show!
Mark your calendars and visit the University Mall in South Burlington from February 13th - March 17th to see some of our student art work on display!
Time to Order Your Yearbook!
It's time to order your 2022-2023 yearbook! They come in full color, with an amazing cover of Lego self-portraits designed by our 5th graders, with tons of pictures and are only $20.00/each! You can also order personalization for an extra $2 and icons for $1/each. Deadline to order is April 21st, 2023. You can order online at https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09886709 or by filling out and returning the form coming home with your child. Again this year, the cover will be artwork from our awesome 5th graders! If you have questions about the yearbook, please contact Heather Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cat Cutillo at email@example.com.
Join Our GCS Team! We are Hiring!
Chamberlin School is a great place to work! Please call Mrs. Baechle at 802-652-7403 or email Ms. Rouelle at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of the following positions:
Behavior Facilitator - This .5 position supports students with proactive check ins, regulation breaks, recess supervision and processing/problem solving. This position could be combined with another position to offer a full day of work, or stand on it's own from 10:15 AM - 1:15 PM.
Interventionist - This position is working 1:1 with students who have Individualized Education Plans and need direct support to access their learning.
Paraeducator - This position is working with small groups of students who need supports in math, reading and/or writing.
Recess Monitor - This is the perfect part time job! You can get fresh air every day and have fun outside with our students during recess. This could be 5 days a week or a few days a week for a few hours each day.
Please let us know if you are interested in supporting students at GCS and joining Team Chamberlin!
Translations Available for Meal Reimbursement Information
Translations of the P-EBT template letter to households are now available in 23 languages on the AOE’s P-EBT for School Officials webpage. Translations of the FAQs for households will be posted shortly to DCF’s P-EBT for Households webpage.
GCS Family Resources:
Childcare for 3-5 Year Olds During the Late Winter Break
School's Out Early Education program is opening its doors to the public for the Late Winter School Break.
Need childcare for your potty trained 3-, 4-, or 5-year-old (not yet in Kindergarten) from Feb 27-Mar 7, register here.
South Burlington Recreation Department Valentine Dance
See the information below on purchasing tickets. There is a limit of 100 children, so sign up soon if you are interested! There are some 50% off scholarships for this event - please contact Brett at email@example.com
Sign Up for Little League Beginning February 1st! Click Below for More Info!
South Burlington Public Library Information
Upcoming in January and February, we have some special activities for kids in grades four and five. The Marabella Kidspace also has a designated area for students in grade 5 through 8 called The Hangout. It features two public access computers and a private place to study, read or just …hang out! Additionally, students in grade 5 and above are welcome to be at the library without a parent or guardian.
Here is the calendar of events for February!
South Burlington Public Library
Main Library phone: 802-846-4140
Direct line: 802-383-1794
180 Market Street
South Burlington, VT 05403
Monday-Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 2pm
3-5 Practice Learning
Dear Families, As your child is at home, we know that you want to keep their learning going while they are not at school. With in person learning, teachers are in the classroom each day providing instruction to the students who are able to attend school, and therefore not able to provide remote l...
Gertrude Chamberlin School Family Handbook 2022-2023
Gertrude Chamberlin School Family Handbook 262 White Street South Burlington, Vermont 05403 phone: 802-652-7400 Website: www.sbschools.net fax: 802-652-7426 2022-2023 This handbook is in addition to the South Burlington School District Common ...
Gertrude Chamberlin School
Assistant Principals, Olivia Kane and Stephanie Sumner
Location: Chamberlin School, White Street, South Burlington, VT, USA
Phone: 802 652 7403
I am the "Queenipal" for the past 11 years at GCS.