WEEKLY FAMILY FOCUS Sept. 26, 2021

RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

Consent for surveillance Testing for Students for COVID

From Superintendent Young:

Thank you for your continued support as we kick off the 2021-2022 school year. For the 2021-22 school year, we are adding to our COVID-19 mitigation efforts by enhancing our COVID-19 testing program. This program is free for students and staff and participation in the program is highly encouraged, regardless of vaccination status. Although students who are vaccinated are less likely to spread or contract the virus, unvaccinated individuals are still at risk of exposure, and it is important for us to create an inclusive environment for both vaccinated and unvaccinated students.

South Burlington schools will be conducting biweekly testing on Mondays beginning in mid-October (exact date TBD) by way of a quick, non-invasive nasal swab, collected under the supervision of trained staff. Unlike many COVID-19 tests of the past, these are easy for students 5 years and older to perform themselves under supervision.

Students may only participate in the program with permission from a parent or guardian. To participate in the program, you must sign this consent form on behalf of your student. Staff members fill out the same form and students 18 and over can do the same. To learn more about our COVID-19 testing program, please visit the Agency of Education’s Covid-19 Surveillance Testing Program Overview.

We are currently exploring our staffing options in order to facilitate this program. If you are interested in assisting (these are paid positions!) you will need to attend training prior to joining us. Please email Delina Gilroy at dgilroy@sbschools.net if you are interested.

ZOOM AROUND THE ROOM- VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

SAVE THE DATES NOW

Monday, October 18th:

5:00-5:30 PRE K

5:30-6:00 K

6:00-6:30 1

6:30-7:00 2


Thursday October 14th:

5:30-6:00 3

6:00-6:30 4

6:30-7:00 5


October 20st Open House: Creative Arts: Format TBA

5:30-7:30 pm

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4th Grader Got To Meet, Interview, and Race Olympic Rugby Player, Ilona Mahr. She just played for the USA team in Tokyo this past summer.

SCHOOL NURSE UPDATES

We want to repeat our message to all of you, of our appreciation for your continued patience, cooperation and support. This continues to be a very fluid time with COVID-19 guidance from the state and we are constantly adjusting to new information. With continued diligence on everyone's part, to decrease your own exposure risk, we are optimistic that COVID-19 infections will drop in our community and that approval for the anticipated Pfizer vaccination for 5-12 year old children will become available soon.

Please fill out the Ruvna app each morning prior to your student entering school. If your student is not feeling well, consider contacting your student's health care provider. Even with the mild symptoms, a COVID PCR test may be needed, as symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose, headache, or loss of taste or smell are commonly experienced by children testing positive for COVID-19 in Vermont. Refer to these guidelines and notify the school nurse of test results. Thank you.


COVID-19 Testing Options:

A PCR test may be obtained by scheduling on the testing site on the VT Department of Health's website or through your student's health care provider*. Depending on the testing site, results may be released anywhere from 24-72 hours. Antigen tests are not accepted tests at this time.

*some providers are recommending testing occur through the health department rather than at their office.



Important Dates to Note:

Friday, October 1st- RMCS PTO Family Directory Info Due to PTO

Wed. Oct 6th - RMCS Picture Day

Mon. Oct 11th- NO School - Indigenous People's Day

Oct. 14th, 18th and 20th- Virtual Open House/Zoom Around the Room


PTO MEETING DATES: PTO Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

10/12-6:00 under the tent outside at RMCS

11/9 -Zoom (too cold outside)

NO Dec meeting

1/11/22

2/8/22

3/8/22

4/12/22

5/10/22

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NEW TEACHER FEATURE: Ms.Lizzy Guido

"Ms. Lizzy Guido is joining RMCS as the health teacher this year. Ms. Lizzy is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After working for several years as a nurse, she went back to get her teaching license with a focus in science and health. The topic she is most excited to cover in health class is an introduction to the anatomy of the body. She enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing with her dog Pinto in her free time."
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PTO asks that you click the link below if you can help make POPCORN at the back of the gym entryway at RMCS one Friday a month.

RM CENTRAL SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION NEWS and VIEWS “It’s not just a class, It’s a way of LIFE!!!

WELCOME BACK!!! And WELCOME to our Kindergartners and to our new families!!! This is the newsletter for RM Central PE. These will be done every few months to discuss the PE program here at RM Central. This year, we have an added bonus. We will have Lizzy Guido, our new health teacher, add her perspective on the new health program at RM Central School in this newsletter. Health and PE together - AWESOME!!!


I am your Physical Education teacher - Mr. “Snowy” Day. I have been teaching PE at RM Central School for 31 years. I have taught PE for 34 years overall, so RM Central has always felt like a second home to me. I believe that Physical Education is as important as anything else your children will learn in school. I teach a variety of skills so that kids can stay physically active and fit. I hope kids take the skills that they learn from me and that they are ingrained for the rest of their lives. It is important to have a healthy body to go along with a healthy brain. I hope you feel the same way. Physical Education at RM Central is for ALL kids. I often say that the PE program represents the “new” PE. We don’t do relays, play dodgeball, duck duck goose, etc. We do a variety of skills where ALL kids get maximum practice time to develop skills they can use for a lifetime. I know many of our parents may have had a stereotypical PE program where the teacher let athletes dominate or just rolls the ball out. You can rest assured that RM Central PE always strives to give ALL Kids the most practice at a wide variety of skills.


I usually start this first PE newsletter of the year and describe what I did this summer for exercise and enjoyment. But I must first apologize for last year. Last year was pretty much a very disruptive and confusing year. It did not help that I missed 3 months due to two surgeries. But our schedule last year and time with kids was so different than anything before that I was very reluctant to write a PE newsletter and then have things change on the spot. (They did change on the spot A LOT.) But that is not a great excuse - again - I apologize for not doing a better job of communicating. With that being said, many of you know that I play a lot of golf over the summer. (I always walk for the exercise!) The highlight of each summer though is when Mrs. Day and I go away for a week to our favorite spot in Maine. We go to the Bridgton area of Western Maine. As soon as I get there, the sight of the towering pine trees gets me excited. There is something about that area - there are just so many back roads and trails and ponds to explore and exercise on. My first morning, I did my annual hike up a short mountain called Sabattus. At the top, you overlook a 100 foot high cliff and can see most of NH and Maine. I was the first one up there and had the whole mountain to myself. I cannot express enough how neat a feeling that was. My wife and I also got a chance to canoe on Highland Lake and were greeted by eagles, ospreys, and loons. My final morning, I hiked up Pleasant Mountain which has an old fire tower on top. Once again, I was the only one up there - Heavenly!!! I tell these stories every year to show you that I practice what I preach. I totally believe in what I am teaching your kids about physical activity. But I also tell you because I treat exercise as FUN, FUN, FUN!!! I hope the PE program at Central is fun as well as educational. If kids have fun exercising now, chances are they will want to continue to exercise.


I REALLY hope that we can return to a lot more normal PE program this year. I hope we can return to some activities that are a hallmark of PE here at RM Central like cross country skiing, gymnastics, creative dance, and our end of the year finale - Field Days. PLEASE know that if you have any concerns or questions about RM Central PE that you can always email me at dday@sbschools.net. I am going to end here and let Lizzy talk to you about health. Until next time - stay ACTIVE, stay HEALTHY, and HAVE FUN!!! And let’s have another great year in PE!!


Your PE teacher,

MR “Exercise Every” Day ____________________________________________________________________________


Hello RMCS students and families!


My name is Lizzy Guido, and I am so thankful to be stepping into this new role as the health teacher for this wonderful school. A little bit about me: I am coming from a healthcare background as a registered nurse and am so excited to combine these experiences with my education training this school year. When I’m not at school, I enjoy running, hiking, biking, skiing, and any other way to explore our beautiful state. I have a rambunctious dog Pinto who joins me on many of these adventures. There are so many important topics to be covered in health class, and it is my hope that we will cover as many of them as possible this year! While this list is not exhaustive, some of the topics include: social-emotional wellbeing, nutrition, first aid, interpersonal skills, connection between our health and the environment, fundamentals of human anatomy, body development, and many more. Certain topics, such as human development, will be specific to certain grade levels. It is my hope to ground these topics in skills that students can use for a lifetime. And one of the skills that will certainly be learned is flexibility. As this is the first year that health is being taught at RMCS, there will be much learning happening for both myself and students as the year progresses.


I look forward to taking this journey with both students and families. I welcome any questions, comments, and ideas and can be reached at eguido@sbschools.net.


Best,

Lizzy Guido

Thanks to Officer Bri for writing to all our students over the summer, and for donating one book to every Kindergartner !

Farm to School to begin Sept 27th at RMCS

Farm to School is back in session and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with all grades this year! As we learn about different foods each month, we will be thinking a lot about these three questions: “How do we nourish ourselves?”, “How can we help our neighbors?”, and “How can we reduce food waste?”. This month we are celebrating the apple harvest while making some delicious apple butter. The apple butter that we make in class is then being donated to the Common Roots Farmstand and the SB Food Shelf. This week, we met will all classes at Chamberlin School outside near the gardens to learn about apples.


Another great way to enjoy the apple season is to visit your local orchard! Pick some apples, support our local farmers, and check out the wild ecosystems that surround an apple orchard. Humans aren’t the only ones that enjoy a good apple - deer, skunks, squirrels, birds, bees, and worms.


Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Butter

Makes ~ 1 pint.

The recipe is very simple - just two ingredients! - we hope you give this one a try at home.


Ingredients:

5 lbs of apples

2 tsp ground cinnamon


Directions:

1. Combine apples and cinnamon in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker.

2. Cover and cook, stirring once or twice, for 5 hours on high.

3. Set the lid ajar and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the apples are almost broken down, about 2 hours more.

4. If desired, puree in a food processor until smooth.


Come visit our Farmstand at South Village - We have lots of pumpkins, winter squash, tomatoes, watermelon and more! We are open Monday - Saturday, 8am-6pm.


Till next month, Nourish to Flourish

Lauren Jones, Farm to School Educator for Common Roots

5K RUN WALK FOR CANNON

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Looking for "'Disc Man" CD players to be donated:

We are down to two working portable CD players in the library. If you have an old disc man collecting dust, we could use them as we have many books on CD's. Please let Jen know in the library if you are sending one into school to share with our students. She can be reached at 652- 7290.

Please remember to label your children’s clothing so that we may easily identify them when they end up at lost and found.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Results for 4th and 5th Grade Families

If you are the parent of a 4th or 5th grader, your child's results from our national spring SBAC assessments were mailed home on September 22nd. Along with the results, you will find a letter explaining the assessments, how they are used in the district and how to interpret your child's assessment information. If you have questions about your child's assessment, please call us at 652-7200.

Join the SCHOOL BOARD- OPEN SEAT

The South Burlington School Board is seeking a candidate to fill a five-month vacancy on the School Board. On September 8, 2021 Rebecca Day tendered her resignation from the board. The board is working to fill the resulting vacancy within 30 days, by October 8, in order to comply with state statute. The candidate appointed by the remaining board members would serve until March 1, 2022 when voters will choose someone to fill the remaining two years of Ms. Day’s term. The appointed candidate would have the opportunity to run for election for the remainder of the term if they chose.

Potential applicants with questions about the role may contact any school board member(s) using their contact information found on this page. Interested citizens, who are legal voters of South Burlington, should submit 1) Board Vacancy Application 2021 and 2) a resume to Delina Gilroy at dgilroy@sbschools.net no later than:

Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Candidate interviews may be scheduled during the October 6th board meeting

Drop OFF Times in the Mornings- Class begins at 8:10

Class begins at 8:10 am with morning announcements.

Now that we all know how to drop off safely by pulling up to the curb, after the busses leave at 8am....we are starting classes promptly at 8:10 am. Please drop off your child(ren) by car between 8am and 8 :08 so they have time to pick up FREE Breakfast and get to class by 8:10 am.

Anyone coming in after 8:15 is marked tardy, and has missed out on the announcements about the day. Thanks for helping us to get started all together!

ADD YOUR CONTACT INFO TO THE PTO FAMILY DIRECTORY

The RMCS PTO publishes a family directory each year - free of charge. The directory is used for families to contact other parents, make play date plans, send birthday party invites, etc. If you would like to be included, please fill out our online form or the paper copy today. Information is due OCTOBER 1st.

Changing Your Child's Regular Transportation Schedule?

Just a reminder if you are picking up your child or changing their daily routine schedule, please notify your teacher and main office prior to two o’clock. Last minute changes after 2:00 are very difficult to accommodate, as we dismiss over 400 young people. Thanks for your help in making sure the main office and your child's teacher know about any changes as early as possible on that given day.


RMCS HIRING- Current Open Positions

RMCS has open positions for:


Interventionists- Full time

Recess and Lunch Supervisors (3 hours a day)

Sub Caller (10 hours a week from home)

Substitute Teachers (1 full time floating sub, 5 days a week, now through Dec.)

Substitute Teachers- Flexible scheduling


Please apply via SchoolSpring.com or call Kathleen Kilbourne for more information at 652-7200.

Safe Use of Technology

Students are reviewing expectations on how to use technology in our district! In grades 2-5, each child has a chromebook that they use at school for learning. In the event that we have to quarantine a class/grade level, chromebooks will come home (with grades 2- 5) so students can access their learning online. Please view the SBSD Elementary Chromebook Responsibility Agreement below and have a conversation with your child about using technology safely and responsibly - and feel free to use the same expectations on devices at home.

Daily Health Screening - Ruvna App

Families will again be required to complete the daily health screening questions about your child's health status through an email or text through an app called Ruvna. Please be sure to complete it daily before your child comes to school. Nurse Cannon follows up by phone with families who have not completed the health screening questions. Thank you!

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Need Help with Technology? Use this link to access Tech supports!

Visit the RMCS website at sbschools.net or just click on this link for tech support!


https://sites.google.com/sbschools.net/sbsdedtechforstudentsfamilies/home