Gertrude Chamberlin School

Family Newsletter November 5, 2021 Volume 16 Issue 13

IMPORTANT DATES:

Now Until Monday, November 15 Meadow Farms Online Catalog Fundraiser

November 1st - 19th - GCS Food Drive

This is an annual event to support our area families. Students can bring in non-perishable food items that we will donate to the South Burlington Food Shelf. We will display the food in our school lobby. Thank your for supporting this event!

Tuesday, November 9th - PTO Meeting on Zoom, 6:00 PM


Join Zoom Meeting

https://sbschools.zoom.us/j/86547053087?pwd=dDZLcFhBMHpQSVIxSFVxaExGdTF3UT09



Meeting ID: 865 4705 3087

Passcode: 920585

Saturday, November 13th - 9:00-3:00, Blood Drive at GCS in Memory of Kathy Buley

November 22nd and 23rd - Parent Teacher Conferences, No School

November 24th, 25th and 26th - Thanksgiving Recess, No School

Thank you, PebblesVTCrafts - Chattering Hens, for the wonderful donation of hats, mittens and scarves!

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The Cold Weather Is Here!

Being a VT parent takes on a whole new meaning in November! As the temperature starts to drop, we are in need of warmly dressed students for recess. Students can no longer wear shorts and short sleeves outside. Please be sure your child is equipped with VT winter gear – snowpants, boots, hats, mittens and a warm coat. Our students go outside every day, except if the wind chill or temperature is below 0 degrees. There is not an indoor recess option. If students are too sick to go outside for recess, then please consider an early pick up. Use a permanent marker to write your child’s name on EVERYTHING. Many times, students have the same kinds of boots, coats and snowpants, and it gets confusing in the cubby areas! You can support the reduction in winter gear loss by practicing at home. Teach your child to put their mittens in their hat, and their hat in the sleeve of their coat. Make it fun by having timed practices to see how fast they can get their snowpants on, coats on and zipped, everything off and hung up on a hook…who can do this faster, you or your child? We recently got a wonderful donation of handmade winter hats from a group of local knitters, PebblesVTCrafts - Chattering Hens, so if your child needs one, please call Mrs. Baechle at 652-7403 and we can have your child pick one out. We greatly appreciate your support with making recess a positive experience for all of our children!

South Burlington Rotary Club Gives Dictionaries to our 3rd Graders

Every year, the South Burlington Rotary Club donates dictionaries to our 3rd graders to promote literacy. President Andrew Swift stopped by to give the dictionaries to Mrs. Simpson, Ms. Testone and Mrs. McCarthy. Ms. Rouelle went to each class to talk about the International and South Burlington Rotarians, who give service in so many ways around the world. After presenting the dictionaries, students had fun using all of the resource tools in their student dictionaries. They then used their dictionaries to look up "Wonderous Words" with Mrs. McCarthy and Ms. Hamblet. Thank you, South Burlington Rotary Club, for your generosity!
A very special thank you to the South Burlington Rotary Club for their annual donation of a dictionary for each of our third graders. This particular dictionary has a wonderful resource section including the Sign Language alphabet, information about states and countries, a multiplication chart and many other helpful tools. Ms. Rouelle went to each third grade class this week, sharing with students what the International Rotary Club and the South Burlington Rotary Club do for their world and local communities, including their commitment to literacy. We are grateful to our SB Rotary Club for donating dictionaries to all of our third graders in South Burlington!

Conference Sign Ups for Integrated Arts

If you would like to sign up for a conference with Ms. Finlayson, the Music teacher:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h9ncEYqpLuIiV8AqMENeOB4J0o2Di47_OTz6l5lr8Uw/edit?usp=sharing\


If you would like to sign up for a conference with Mrs. Goodrich, the Art teacher:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4baea82ea6fbcf8-family


If you would like to sign up for a conference with Ms. Balk, the Digital Citizenship/Library teacher: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48aaa92fa3fbcf8-library1


If you would like to sign up for a conference with Mrs. DeGuise, the Health/Physical Education teacher: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q1QVefsYl8EzPchQkK4l5v3WBju07oJFwrib1_nrzP4/edit?usp=sharing

Congratulations to our South Burlington School District Nurses!

Mrs. Farrell and the other SBSD nurses were honored with the Theodore Manazir School Board Award on Tuesday at our district inservice. This annual award recognize employees for distinction in innovation, creativity, initiative, leadership, resourcefulness, and who exceed expectations in moving the District forward in achievement of its Ends Policy. Our nurses have truly gone above and beyond, keeping us safe as we navigate the challenges of staying in school during Covid 19. Nurse Farrell is the heart and soul of our school. Not only is she an outstanding school nurse, but she uses her many talents to bring us together as a school community. These are just a few of the ways she goes above and beyond as a Chamberlin and SBSD colleague: she co-hosts a morning talk show assembly, The Buzz, for our entire school; she helps to plan Spirit Week and other theme days at GCS; she provides fun learning events for staff during the VEHI Path to Wellness program; she generously supports families in need by paying for school photo packages; she organizes our holiday gift giving for students and she also uses her sewing skills and love of theater to support drama productions across our district (Orchard, FHTMS, SBHS). This is on top of caring for the daily health needs of an elementary school and the extra demands that have come her way during Covid. We are grateful for her compassion, attention to detail and sense of humor, especially during the pandemic. Congratulations, Mrs. Farrell!
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GCS Annual Food Drive

Our annual food drive will begin on Monday! Gertrude Chamberlin School is excited to announce our annual Food Drive to occur between November 1st - November 19th. We will work in collaboration with the South Burlington Food Shelf, Vibrant Church and our Chamberlin families. Once collected, all of our Food Drive donations will go directly to our South Burlington Food Shelf community partner. We will be collecting canned foods, cereal, and other non-perishable food items. Your student can bring your family donation to school as we have done in the past.


A statement from our Food Shelf partners: We are "recognizing a need in our community, a small group of South Burlington residents and community leaders formed a coalition to help address the problem of food insecurity in Vermont’s second largest city. Inspired by their faith and by a commitment to their neighbors, the group is leading the effort to build a food shelf that will serve South Burlington’s food-insecure individuals and families. We’re called to love each other, take care of each other and serve each other.”


Please join our Food Drive efforts by donating food this year. Thank you.


The South Burlington Food shelf is located on:

356 Dorset Street / South Burlington, VT 05403

Hours: Thursday 4:30 – 6:30 PM / Friday 8 – 10 AM / Saturday 8 – 10 AM

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Gertrude Chamberlin School Blood Drive

South Burlington Community and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!


Drive Details:
Site: Chamberlin School
Address: 262 White Street, South Burlington, VT, 05403
Room Name: Gym
Date: Sat Nov 13, 2021
Time: 9:00: AM - 3:00: PM
Blood Program Leader Name: Bradley Howort
Click here to make an appointment


South Burlington School District remembers and celebrates the life of Kathy Buley. Ms. Buley passed away on October 15th, 2020. The Chamberlin School community and their South Burlington School District colleagues started a new tradition two years ago, an annual Red Cross Blood Drive, to honor their beloved teacher and colleague. Ms. Buley was very passionate and supportive of the American Red Cross organization after her emergency medical assistance in 2019. Ms. Buley lost her battle to pancreatic cancer but the Red Cross blood donations she received during her care were instrumental in extending and improving the quality of time she had left. Please join us and help others in her memory. Thank you.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Check out what our fabulous first graders are up to at GCS!

Job Opportunities at GCS

Looking for a way to get involved and earn income? We have the following positions open:

Recess Monitor - 3 hours a day, could be 5 days a week or fewer

Long term Substitute Interventionist for 6 weeks in January and February

Bus Aide beginning in December

Substitutes for all positions - teachers, paraprofessionals, interventionists, administrative assistant

If you are interested, please call Mrs. Baechle at 802-652-7403

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School Nurse Notes

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children-Resources


  • Zoom Conversations: COVID Vaccines for Children. Join discussions with members of the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. See dates and zoom links here.

  • Video for Children: How COVID Vaccines Work

  • But Why? Podcast for Curious Kids: Why is it a shot? Kids Questions about COVID Vaccine.

  • Make an Appointment: visit HERE. Children will receive 2 doses of the vaccine, given 3 weeks apart. A child will be fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the 2nd dose. GCS is a vaccination site on November 23rd and December 14th, but you must register through the link. Please DO NOT call our school to register, as it's done through the Department of Health - we are just a host site.
    • Any families without internet access or who other would like assistance to make their appointment should contact the Health Department call center at (855) 722-7878, Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat and Sun 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • To speak with someone in a language other than English, dial the call center, and then press 1.
    • People who are Deaf or hard of hearing can make a TTY call to this number by dialing 711 or 1-800-253-0195.


Test to Stay
Please refer to Superintendent Young's Wednesday (11/3/21) email for more information. Follow these links for Consent and Registration (both need to be filled out).


  • TTS Virtual Town Hall: watch this recording of Vermont health professionals and representation from the Agency of Education, explaining the process, science behind it and answering questions about the Test to Stay program.



Family Resources to Keep Accessible:




Vision & Hearing Screenings:


Vision and hearing screenings are conducted annually on students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade. We welcomed the Vermont Lions KidSight program, to perform photoscreening on students in the required grades and we will have completed those screenings by next week. If your child was absent, we will follow-up with traditional vision screening testing.


Vermont Lions KidSight program uses a photoscreening digital device called a SPOT vision screener to objectively check for vision problems. The photoscreener is like special-purpose camera; it takes a picture of a child’s eyes and by detecting special light reflexes from each eye, the device produces images that can help identify potential eye conditions.

If an eye concern is identified, we will send you the results of the photoscreener along with a recommendation for further vision testing by a specialist. If you do not hear from us, your child passed the screening.

As always, please contact us if you have questions or would like follow-up vision or hearing checks.

Be well,

Nurse Farrell

Test To Stay

Our district is excited to announce that we are preparing to begin the voluntary antigen Test to Stay (TTS) program. The TTS program is activated when an unvaccinated student or student(s) are identified as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19. The intention of the TTS program is to allow students that would otherwise be required to quarantine to remain in school. A detailed description of this program can be found on the Agency of Education Test to Stay website. More details on what testing day will look like are included below.

Test to Stay is only for unvaccinated students, who are asymptomatic (do not have symptoms), and who are close contacts of a positive case that they encountered at school. It replaces the need to quarantine and miss school days, but students are still expected to quarantine when at home, including on the weekends.

At this time, we do not have the test kits, but anticipate that happening soon. In the meantime, we would like to firm up parental consent and registration to ensure a smooth rollout.

Next Steps: Complete Both Forms Below

  1. A student can only participate in Test to Stay if their parent/guardian has given consent. If you would like your child to participate in the response testing, including the antigen Test to Stay program, please complete the Consent Form as soon as possible.

  2. Vermont will be using SimpleReport to report the results of antigen tests. This reporting system allows for parents/guardians to receive their student’s results instantly. Please register your student, including your contact information, using this registration link. Please Note: this self-registration link is not the same as giving consent. In order for your child to participate, you must complete both: the above Consent Form and the SimpleReport form.

How the Test to Stay Program works

If you have consented for your child to participate in the Test to Stay program you will receive a notification from your child’s school if they have been identified as a close contact of a positive case. In most cases, Test to Stay will start the next morning and your child will receive a rapid antigen test before the start of the school day. Daily antigen testing will continue until seven (7) school days after the last exposure. If the last day of testing falls on a weekend, then the school will do a final day of testing on Monday morning.

  • If your child tests negative, they may remain at school and participate in school-sponsored activities.

  • If your child tests positive, they will be considered positive for COVID-19 and will need to enter a period of isolation for 10 days.

If your child develops symptoms at any point, inform the school, seek a PCR test right away and keep your child at home and away from others.

Your child does not need to be tested on the weekends, but should quarantine, meaning they should not participate in other activities, go to the grocery store, or spend time with friends and others outside of their household.

It is important to note that this Test to Stay program is only for attendance at school or on-campus school-sponsored activities. Your child is expected to quarantine for all other activities, aside from medical appointments, until seven (7) days after last exposure. While participating in Test to Stay, your child may not attend school activities that involve students from other schools, such as sport or scholastic competitions.

During the entirety of this Test to Stay protocol, you or a designated person should be available to provide transportation to the testing location (577 Dorset Street, So. Burlington: across from the high school and next to the Fire Station).

  • You, or a designated person, will wait at 577 Dorset Street until the rapid test results come back (approximately 30 minutes).

  • If your child receives a positive antigen test result, they will need to be brought home from the testing site.

During your child’s quarantine:

  • You should watch for symptoms, even if mild, of cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, fatigue, muscle pain or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

  • Your child should not leave home, except to attend school, on-campus school-sponsored activities, or to get medical care.

  • You should call ahead before visiting a health care provider or emergency department with your child to notify them that your child is in quarantine.

  • While at home, your child should stay apart from other people in the household, especially anyone who is at increased risk of getting very sick, like people who are older or have certain health conditions. Other household members, including siblings attending school, do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms.

If at any point your child develops symptoms:

  1. Do not send your child to school.

  2. Call your child’s health care provider or make an appointment through the Vermont Department of Health to schedule a PCR test.

  3. If your child is having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital.

  4. If your child doesn’t have a provider, call 2-1-1 to be connected to a clinic in your area.

  5. People with mild illness can treat their symptoms at home: help your child get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take fever-reducing medication if needed.

Learn More!

View this recorded Virtual Town Hall with a group of Vermont medical professionals and representation from the Agency of Education (it was held October 28 to help provide information and answer questions about the Test to Stay program).

If you have general questions about Test-to-Stay, please contact your school nurse directly.

PTO Catalog Fundraiser

Do you need wrapping paper for upcoming events? Looking for great gifts? The PTO is doing a contact free fundraiser through Meadow Farms. It will run from Monday, October 25 to Monday, November 15. The flyer is below and will also be coming home with your child today. Parents who want to participate will need to register their child(ren). It is all done online - you will not be receiving any physical catalogs. All orders will be done online using each child's seller code that you will receive when you register. Orders will be shipped as the orders come in, to the address given by the buyer. If an order is more than $89 there is no shipping fee. There is also a prize program for children who register. You can share the information and your child's seller code with friends and family and they can order from other towns and states! Funds from this will benefit fieldtrips and other enrichment programs for our children.
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November 4th Update from Superintendent Young

November 4, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

We have had another great week of teaching and learning in our District. This past Tuesday, there was no school for students as our staff gathered, mostly virtually, for inservice. I welcomed everyone by playing the song “Lean on Me,” which I thought perfectly captured what we all (families, students, and staff!) have learned to do even more over the course of this pandemic. I am so thankful for the ways we have found to connect thoughtfully and creatively. Even with more events and even quick conversations taking place in person, I want to acknowledge that we are collectively still going through so much. Let’s keep leaning on each other as a school and South Burlington community. We've come this far by doing just that.

On the morning of November 2, prior to the fantastic training provided by Pacific Education Group and individual building sessions, we had the pleasure of recognizing staff by presenting a few annual awards. See below:

Outstanding Teacher of the Year Recognitions:

Elementary: RMCS Principal Kathleen Kilbourne presented the award to Instructional Coach Paula Jensvold

Secondary: SBHS Principal Patrick Burke presented the award to nurse Caryl Davidson

Ted Manazir School Board Award:

South Burlington School Board Chair Bridget Burkhardt presented this award to all of our school nurses! Caryl Davidson-RN, Erin Phelan-RN, Jillian Fitzgerald-LPN, Michelle Cannon-RN, Kara Cassani-RN, Darcy Mazlish-RN, Kerry Farrell-RN, and long term subs last year Karen Hudson-RN, Sarah Pineda-RN, and Deb Pullin-RN.

Note: Although not mentioned in the award, I wanted to be sure to also thank Kevin Adams AEMT who has also been of great assistance and Amanda Brown-RN who is now the SBHS nurse since Caryl Davidson retired.

Dominick Marabella Support Staff Award:

RMCS Principal Kathleen Kilbourne presented this award to Administrative Assistant Sue Dattilio.

Congratulations to all and shout out to Executive Director of Learning Violet Nichols for organizing a great inservice! I’m hopeful we’ll be able to participate in person next year!

Looking for something to do this weekend? This Saturday is "Championship Saturday" for SBHS Wolves! Check out:

- Boys soccer state championship game is Saturday at 10:00 AM @ Burlington High School vs Essex High School

- Girls soccer state championship game is Saturday at 1:00 PM @ Burlington High School vs CVU

- Field hockey state championship game is Saturday at 3:00 PM @ UVM vs Bellows Falls

Tickets are $10.00 (adult) and $5.00 (student/senior). You can purchase tickets online Championship Tickets.

COVID19 Vaccinations for Children Aged 5-11!

At his press conference Tuesday, Governor Scott announced that at 8 a.m. the morning after the CDC authorized the use of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine in children aged 5-11, vaccine appointments would be made available for that group. That happened Wednesday morning! Parents/guardians can learn more about registering for vaccine appointments here.

Any families without internet access or who would like assistance to make their appointment should contact the Health Department call center at (855) 722-7878, Mon - Fri 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Sat and Sun 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

- To speak with someone in a language other than English, dial the call center, and then press 1.

- People who are Deaf or hard of hearing can make a TTY call to this number by dialing 711 or 1-800-253-0195.

Appointments at school-based clinics(including one at Gertude Chamberlin School) and pharmacies will continue to be posted on the Vermont Department of Health website and later, at a time to be determined, the vaccine will be made available through pediatrician offices. Please note that the November 23 clinic at GCS is currently full.

American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter Town Halls on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

The AAP Vermont Chapter is inviting Vermont families to join them for a conversation about COVID-19 vaccines for children from 7:00- 8:00 p.m. via Zoom beginning November 8. Check the AAP website for updates (and Zoom links!) as additional dates are scheduled.

COVID in SBSD

This week (as of 4 pm November 4) we have identified three positive cases at Orchard School and two at Gertrude Chamberlin School. Contact tracing has been completed at Chamberlin School and is underway at Orchard. Thanks for your continued vigilance in following COVID safety protocols!

Test-To-Stay Update

Thank you all for your patience as we work out the logistics of getting the test-to-stay program up and running in our District. Families should have received a letter from me yesterday outlining some of the details on how to sign up your student(s) for this voluntary testing. If you have questions about test-to-stay, check out this October 28 recording of a virtual town hall with local medical professionals.

SBHS Indoor Sports Guidance: FHTMS Specific Guidance to Follow

We are excited that registration is now open for winter sports at the sbwolves website through November 29! Last week, the Agency of Education released their indoor winter sports guidance. While every district has the opportunity to adjust the recommendations to their own specific circumstances, the 16 school districts covering Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties who are members of the Champlain Valley Superintendents Association (CVSA), have announced common agreements across the region for sports and extracurricular events during the winter season.

The CVSA strongly recommends that all eligible student-athletes get vaccinated. Vaccination is a proven mitigation strategy and will ultimately ensure athletes can stay in school and compete safely throughout the season. If an athlete is vaccinated, they will not be required to quarantine should an exposure occur.

While participation in the upcoming Test to Stay program will allow unvaccinated athletes to continue to participate in team-based practices during their quarantine, it will not enable involvement in interscholastic competition (i.e., games, meets or competitions).

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the following are requirements and updates for sports as well as extracurricular events in each of the CVSA districts:

Masks

Masks are required by all student-athletes, coaching staffs, referees, and spectators during indoor practices, competitions, and games, regardless of individual vaccination status. Exceptions to this are limited, but will include:

- Athletes participating in indoor track events – both practice sessions and meets/competitions – so long as physical distancing is maintained between individuals using staggered starts or other means. When not physically participating in running events, masks will be worn.

- Athletes participating in wrestling, gymnastics, cheer and dance skills, and events that require inversion (i.e., wrestling, tumbling, vaulting, bars, etc.). When not participating physically in the activity, masks will be worn.

Spectators

- Spectators will be allowed this season. There is no limit on capacity as long as compliance with protocols are followed. If protocols are not followed, future games may need to have limited spectators or no spectators at all.

- Masks remain on at all times, unless eating in the designated eating area

- There will be signs to identify sections for seating - spectators need to take note as to what section they are in for purposes of contact tracing if the need arises.

- Be respectful and leave space between your family and others

Locker Rooms

Locker rooms may be used by both visiting and home teams this winter season.

If you have specific questions, please contact your school’s principal, the SB Athletic Director Mike Jabour, or myself.

Enrollment and Budget

At Wednesday night’s school board meeting, I discussed my current thinking and considerations around how best to navigate the rising enrollment at Rick Marcotte Central School and Orchard School. The District will be putting together a committee to evaluate options. Thanks to the response we received from our call for participation last week, we now have great representation. Those who contacted us can expect to receive additional information about our first meeting, scheduled for November 16 from 6-7 pm, soon.

At the November 3 school board meeting I received general guidance from the board on the FY’23 budget. Given the impacts to many residents of the city wide reappraisal and the continuing pandemic, the board expressed a desire to keep any increase to a minimum. The administration will present their FY’23 budget recommendations at the November 17 meeting. We encourage your participation in this process through our meetings, either in-person or remote via Zoom, by email, phone, and our upcoming virtual community forums (links forthcoming!).

Upcoming Blood Drive in Memory of Kathy Buley

The South Burlington School District continues to remember and celebrate the life of Kathy Buley. The Chamberlin School community began the tradition of holding an annual blood drive in her honor two years ago. Ms. Buley was very passionate and supportive of the American Red Cross organization after her emergency medical assistance in 2019. Ms. Buley lost her battle to pancreatic cancer but the Red Cross blood donations she received during her care were instrumental in extending and improving the quality of time she had left. Please join us and help others in her memory. The blood drive will take place Saturday, November 13 from 9:00-3:00 at the Chamberlin School gym. Click here to make an appointment

Thank You South Burlington Rotary!

A very special thank you to the South Burlington Rotary Club for their annual donation of a dictionary for every SB third grader. This particular dictionary also includes the alphabet in Sign Language too!

School Happenings

SBHS Green Team Members Speak at City Planning Commission Meeting on Climate Crisis

It was apt timing, that right before the start of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, three SBHS seniors, Sylvia Burkman, Brianna Jarvis, and Sarah Bartlett who are all part of the SBHS Green Team, spoke before the city’s Planning Commission to advocate for the protection of open natural areas as a way for South Burlington to fight climate change and protect biodiversity. Their words made an impact as a member of the Planning Commission reiterated their calls for action to the City Council Monday night. Well done!

FHTMS Staff Bring the Heat in First Ever Chili Cook Off!

Staff participating in inservice at FHTMS Tuesday, were treated to a delicious lunch thanks to their culinary minded coworkers. At noon, the first FHTMS chili cook off took place! FHTMS had 12 chilis entered. Those who did not bring chili brought cornbread, salad, tortilla chips and other condiments. Administrative Assistant Margaret Pasqual arranged for three guest judges, Graeme Saphier, Spanish teacher at the high school, Sarah Beers, retired teacher from the middle school, and Ben Shungu, UVM basketball player and former Tuttle student. The winner was a bison chili made by Bonnie Sullivan. Second place went to Amy Blauvelt and third to Kathy deNatale. The first prize was a $20 Hannaford gift card and there were smaller prizes for the runners up. Art teacher Alison Treston even made pins for the winners to wear! Maybe this will become an annual tradition?

Gertrude Chamberlin School Wolf Den Time: Focus on Emotion Management

Last week, in Chamberlin’s Wolf Den time, which happens on Wednesdays, the focus was on emotion management and empathy. Grades 1, 2 and 3 will have lessons on emotion management in October and November, and Grades K, 4 and 5 will have similar lessons in December and January. In their schoolwide and class morning announcements, students will be prompted to notice their own feelings by paying attention to clues in their bodies and they will be reminded to use their Second Step skills to calm down. These skills help students calm down strong emotions when faced with learning and social challenges, which helps them succeed academically and get along well with others.

Rick Marcotte Central School Harvest Festival

Late last week, 5th grade teacher Lizzy Appleby reported that students participated in a sure sign of the season: harvest fest! All fifth graders picked a category, brought in a pumpkin or gourd and were given material to decorate their pumpkin. There were some very creative pumpkins this year! The categories included: most like an animal, Disney character, most Mathematical, most like a fifth grade teacher (I need to see pics of this one!), sportiest, and most elegant.

Orchard School 5th Graders Travel to Audubon Vermont

From building fires to making shelters, students in Monica Petzold’s 5th grade class went on a fun and educational adventure to Audubon Vermont in Huntington this week. According to Petzold, they expanded their unit on the hydrosphere by learning about creatures in the water and information about watersheds. They also practiced some survival skills as a way to pre-teach some information that will be covered in their Westward Expansion unit! Keep your eyes open for photos!

Thanks for reading and remember that clocks “fall back” an hour this Sunday at 2 am.

David

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Does Your Child Need Milk for Their Home Lunch?

Milk is NOT free for students who need a milk for their home lunch. The cost of a milk is 50 cents and parents/caregivers can send in a check, made out to South Burlington Nutritional Services, to credit their child's account or have money taken directly from an account to credit to your child's account. or use our online payment option through MySchoolBucks.

If you have any questions, please contact Rhonda Ketner rketner@sbschools.net.

This school year ALL STUDENTS can have FREE Breakfast and Lunch! We would still ask everyone to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch form. See the links below for the form and the breakfast and lunch menus.