Hinesburg Community School - September 9, 2022

Save The Date

Tuesday, September 13: PiE Back To School Social 6:30 - 7:30

Wednesday, September 14: Early Release Day (1:45)

Wednesday, September 21: Early Release Day (1:45)

Thursday, September 22: School Picture Day

Friday, September 23: School Picture Day

Wednesday, September 28: Early Release Day (1:45)

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Student Drop Off Reminder

Reminder: If you are dropping your child off at HCS in the morning; you may do so after 7:30. Students should be dropped off at the door by the side/parent parking lot. They may enter through these doors between 7:30 and 8:00. After 8:00 students must enter through the front door.

We have had a few parent concerns about parents lingering in the parking lot and have been asked to remind any caregivers/parents who are dropping off to please "drop and go". Thank you.

😎 School Picture Day Is Right Around The Corner! 📷

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2022-2023 PowerSchool Forms

In order to keep students safe, it is important that we have updated and accurate information about each and every student. All parents/caregivers, please take the time to log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal account and navigate to the “Forms” icon on the left-hand toolbar to review, update and submit the following forms for each of your children as soon as possible. Click here for detailed instructions, if needed.

Please note that your submission of the Health and Permissions forms are required before your child may participate in any off-site field trips.

  1. Annual Student Contact Updates

  2. Annual Student Health Update (required for field trip participation)

  3. Annual Student Permissions Update (required for field trip participation)

  4. Annual Student Transportation Update (this will not update the office each time). If you have a change of transportation for the day, please let the office know.

(PreK is for those students physically attending our schools.)

If you have questions about how to access your Parent Portal account or how to submit the forms please contact

CVSD Virtual Town Halls

We are pleased to invite all community members to attend our monthly Virtual Town Halls. They will take place from 6:30-7:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month. In the odd-numbered months, we'll focus on our strategic planning. When it's an even-numbered month, the topic will be diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Please join us on Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30 pm for the first CVSD Strategic Planning Town Hall. Superintendent Sanchez will give a short presentation on what a strategic plan is, our timeline, and how it fits into our current and future work, and will then take questions from the audience. The Zoom meeting information can be found on the Strategic Planning page of the district's website and on the website calendar.

Balancing birds (STEM lesson on gravity) in first grade!

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COVID Considerations Going into the 2022-2023 School Year

The Vermont Agency of Education and Department of Health recently shared updated considerations for schools for the start of the new school year. CVSD has summarized those on this document. We will keep all staff, families, and caregivers informed if there are any changes.

Free Internet Available

CVSD Families and Caregivers: Here's a great opportunity!

If your child participates in the free or reduced-price lunch program at school, then your family is eligible for the new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)! It's another reason to fill out the Free and Reduced Price School Meals form.

Learn more about qualifying for affordable internet service through the ACP at:

Let's Talk!

CVSD recently rolled out a new feature on our website in the spring. This is a communication tool for faculty/staff, students, families, and community members.

Let’s Talk! makes it easy for you to engage with school and district leaders on the topics that matter most. Unlike an email, your inquiry is automatically routed to the person or team best suited to respond, ensuring you receive timely and accurate responses every time.

We've just added topics specific to each school. Please use this method to share your questions, feedback, suggestions, and compliments.

We invite folks from all of our communities to share kudos for a teacher, staff member, administrator, or anything or anyone having to do with our schools. These can be shared at any time and will be forwarded to the appropriate recipient. Look for the CVSD Kudos topic! Click HERE to start a conversation.

Meet the Essential Arts Staff (left to right)

Cindy Stanley - Physical Education Teacher

Connor Trieb - Physical Education Teacher

Cindy Fay - Music Teacher

Meta Bravos - Music Teacher

Zalfa Kasti - French Teacher

Traci Applin - Library Para Specialist

Rebecca Gove - Art Teacher

Jessie Moore - Librarian

Sara Elliott - Art Teacher

Begona Garcia - Spanish Teacher

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Sign Up to Receive SMS/Text Messages!

Please enroll to receive text messages from the district and/or our school. If you haven't done this yet or if you are new to CVSD, follow the easy steps on this flyer. We don't overuse this method of communication, but it is helpful for reminders and quick announcements. Don't miss out!

You're Invited! Back to School PiE Social for HCS Families

We know the beginning of the school year is a really busy time, but we hope you'll come by to meet some new (and veteran) HCS families next Tuesday, September 13th between 6:30-7:30PM on the HCS playground/pavilion. There is no agenda and no commitment- just have a snack/refreshment and say hi:) Kids are welcome to come and play on the playground- in fact we hope they will! If the weather does not cooperate we will meet in the Flex Space, which is just inside the main entrance to the school.

  • Who's hosting: HCS PiE (Partnership in Education) Steering Committee
  • When do I show up: Tuesday, September 13th anytime between 6:30 and 7:30PM
  • Where is it: HCS Playground (or flex space)
  • Why should I go: Connect with other HCS families!

Chess Club

Chess Club will be meeting Monday's after school. Chess club is for players brand new to the game and for confident players. We will be meeting from 3-4pm at HCS. (Exact location to be determined soon.) If your student in interested please fill out this google form. The first meeting will be Monday September 12th.

Contact Jessica DeBiasio ( or Michelle Lass ( for more information.

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Access CVU

Access is back in action with another semester of amazing enrichment options for both in-person and online learners. The Fall/Winter 2022 season runs from September – January, and the majority of classes take place at CVU High School, with the exception of online classes offered through Zoom. Class descriptions and details are listed on our website and can be sorted by category, month, week, or online. With over 200 class options and 89 fabulous instructors, there is something for everyone at Access!

ENROLL TODAY! Popular classes fill quickly, and low enrollment leads to canceled classes. To view the complete list of classes and to enroll online, visit our website (or Google, ACCESS CVU). For questions about classes or to enroll via email or phone, contact us at / 802-482-7194.

Youth Happenings at the Carpenter-Carse Library

Weekly Storytime Join the fun and learning on Tuesdays, September 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th at 9:30 AM for picture books, songs, movement, and rhymes that are designed to promote early language, fine motor, and pre-literacy skills in a friendly environment! We will meet every week outdoors on the library lawn or patio, so plan to dress for the weather, and feel free to bring folding chairs or blankets. If the weather is very rainy or cold, we will meet in the library community room. Each week we will finish up Storytime with a simple craft or sensory activity and book browsing. Storytime is designed for babies, toddlers, and preschool/kindergarten aged children and their caregivers, and no registration is required.

This month we are also partnering with Four Winds Nature Institute for a special nature-based storytime on Tuesday, September 20th. We will still plan to meet on the library grounds at our regular time, and two educators from Four Winds will read stories that support nature-based play and lead us in fun activities!

Library StoryWalk StoryWalks are laminated picture book pages posted in order outdoors and across the library grounds. We invite your family to take a short walk around the library as you read a great story and spend time outdoors together. During the Fall, we will post new stories each month (until the snow flies!)

Pajama Storytime Friday, September 9th at 6:15 PM We invite babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and any big kids who still enjoy hearing stories before bed to join us for our first pajama storytime of the year! So get into your jammies and grab a snuggly stuffed friend and head to the library where we’ll share our coziest stories, soothing songs, and bedtime snacks before heading home by 7:00 PM. No registration required.

Beginner Chess Class for Kids Thursdays 5:00-6:00 PM, September 15th - October 20th. If you have ever wanted to learn to play chess, you are in luck! Children in grades 2-8 are invited to sign up for a six week class at the library that will be taught by CVU Chess Club students. We are also collecting a great selection of materials you can check out to help you learn this cool and challenging game. Please email or stop by the circulation desk to sign up.

Weekly LEGO Club Wednesdays 2:15-3:30, September 14th -October 19th. We have some new LEGOS this year, and we’re excited to start a new season of weekly LEGO Clubs for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade! The focus during our September/October Session will be on STEM Challenges, but there will also be plenty of time for free-play, show-and-tell, and creating with friends. Registration is required and parents can email or stop by the circulation desk at the library to sign up.

Monthly Craft Club Fridays 3:15 - 4:30, September 23rd, October 21st, November 18th, and December 16th. Students in grades 2-5 can sign up to join us for one or all of this semester’s Friday afternoon craft clubs. Each month we will be learning about and creating a different seasonal craft, discussing seasonal book recommendations and activities for this age group, and enjoying a snack with cocoa. To sign up, email or stop by the circulation desk.

About Us

Suzan Locke, HCS Co-Principal, Grades K-4


Tim Trevithick, HCS Co-Principal, Grades 5-8


Alicia Kurth, HCS Special Education Administrator


The Viking Newsletter is published weekly, when school is in session. It is available on our web site and is also delivered via email. If needed, a hard copy can be provided for your child to bring home. The Viking includes upcoming events, after school opportunities, notes of interest for parents and the community and updates from our school administration.