Gertrude Chamberlin School

Family Newsletter February 11, 2022 Volume 16 Issue 23

Friday, February 11th - Early Dismissal at 12:30 PM for Staff Learning

February 21st - March 1st - Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, March 1st - VOTE!

Olympic Week at GCS - February 14th - February 18th

Our Spirit Week before the break will be dedicated to the Olympics! The week of February 14th, we will have some fun activities. Integrated Arts team will be hosting games and activities centered around the Olympics in their classes. far:

Monday, February 14th - Wear red clothing. We will also be having an Opening Ceremony outside with all classes. Students have been working in art class this week on a class flag that they will bring outside. Each class will have a "torch bearer" and the torch will pass from class to class, around our circle.

Tuesday, February 15th - Wear white clothing.

Wednesday, February 16th - Wear blue clothing.

Thursday, February 17th - Wear your favorite sports team clothing.

Friday, February 18th - Wear Chamberlin or South Burlington gear, or the colors blue and gray. Closing Ceremony Buzz Assembly.

Art classes have been busy preparing for the GCS Winter Olympics. Students have been working hard on creating flags, Olympic ring murals and a torch. Our school certainly has a lot of creative spirit!

Looking for Information About the Proposed School Budget?

Violet Nichols, our Executive Director of Learning, presented the proposed budget at our PTO meeting this week! Please see the attached slides for information.
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Coaches Needed for Girls On The Run

We need YOUR help this spring! Girls on the Run is an impactful and inclusive after-school program that empowers students to know their worth. When you coach a Girls on the Run team, you provide skill-building experiences to nurture participants’ physical, social and emotional health. You help your team build positive relationships, identify and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, recognize their personal strengths, and stand up for themselves and others.

Our 8 week season begins the week of March 28. Our team will meet twice weekly for 90 minutes to connect, move, learn and have FUN! Not a runner? No problem! As a coach for Girls on the Run Vermont (GOTRVT), you will have all of the tools you need to make a lasting impact. You'll receive training, easy-to-follow lesson plans, supplies and support from GOTRVT for a transformational season.

Typically, grades 3, 4 and 5 have participated in Girls On the Run at GCS, but it is entirely dependent on the number of coaches we have to run the program.

Visit to learn more or sign up to volunteer. Questions? Contact GOTRVT at or 802-871-5664.

We Are 100 Days Smarter at GCS!

Wednesday was the 100th day of school! The kindergarten classes paraded through our school, and it was a fun time to count and collect to 100! Check out the photos from kindergarten and first grade...
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Antigen Tests From School

If you request more antigen tests, please use these tests when your student:

1. Has a COVID-19 symptom.

2. Is a presumptive contact at school. A presumptive contact is a person who shared a classroom with an individual with COVID.

3. Is a close contact outside of school.

Here are video links in a variety of languages to demonstrate how to use a rapid antigen test:

English | العربية /Arabic | မြန်မာစာ/Burmese | دری / Dari | Français/French | Kirundi | Maay Maay | नेपाली/Nepali | پښتو/Pashto | Soomaali | Español /Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese

If your student tests positive, please notify Mrs. Farrell

PTO Un Fundraiser!

We are asking for your support for our 2022 Un-Fundraiser. Want to donate to the PTO, but don't want to purchase anything? You can participate in the "Unfundraiser"! Attached is the information and form...the form in paper copy will be coming home with your child. Simply put, an Un-Fundraiser is a way to donate money without having to sell or buy anything. Isn't that the best? 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to the Chamberlin School PTO, and then it goes right to our kids, which is the best place to put it! Please make checks payable to “Chamberlin PTO” and either send in with your student or mail to: Chamberlin School, ATTN: PTO, 252 White St., South Burlington, VT 05403
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PTO Fundraiser...Mabel's Labels

The PTO has decided to use Mabel's Label's as a source of fundraising for our school!

Imagine how great it would be if your child's items had labels so they didn't get lost! It's easy to access the site and place your order to benefit our school.

The link to access the fundraising site is:

Simply type in "South Burlington" and up pops: South Burlington School District - Chamberlin PTO. Please consider placing an order to help in two ways: 1) funds for our school 2) easier for the school to get your child's belongings back to them!

Thank you,


5th Grade Music News from Ms. Finlayson

In January music class, fifth grade spent the month composing and then setting those compositions to a video. We used the software BandLab to create our music, then uploaded our songs into the program Line Rider. Our students did a great job working with both programs! Here are some examples from Maddox B. and Connor.

Connor's Line Rider

Maddox's Line Rider

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Virtual Field Trips

If Coldvid (cold temperatures and Covid) have you feeling trapped—consider taking your students on virtual field trips around the world. Explore museums, zoos, National Parks, interesting landmarks, or even bring 3D virtual animals into your home! Check out these amazing resources for hundreds of FREE Virtual Field Trips and Virtual Animals!

Explore the Olympics, Antarctica, Space, Pyramids, Sharks, Volcanoes, National Parks, and virtually anywhere from any device or observe 3D virtual wolves, pandas, cheetahs, sharks, eagles, tigers, and more from any mobile device!

Click on the link below to see the latest news about Physical Education and Health classes with Mrs. DeGuise

Little Glove Project - FREE mittens from Gordini USA

Gordini Gloves, a local glove manufacturer of quality ski gloves and mittens, has donated 60 pairs of Mittens to Gertrude Chamberlin School through their Little Glove Project. You may request a pair of Mittens for your GCS student(s). Gloves will be given away on a first come, first serve basis. Our staff will try to best match gloves to students. If you would like your student(s) to receive a pair of gloves, please complete the form below or on the link here. There is a limit of 1 response per email address.

School Nurse Notes

When Your Student Has Illness Symptoms (even mild ones!):

STAY HOME and take 2 rapid antigen tests, as close to 24 hours apart as possible, or consider a one PCR or LAMP test. Antigen and PCR tests can be requested from the school nurse.

Return to school when the above testing has shown to be negative, AND symptoms are improved or resolved, AND no fever for 24 hours (without taking fever-reducing medicine).

If a student test positive for COVID (PCR, LAMP, Antigen tests): STAY HOME and follow these guidelines.

Be well,

Kerry Farrell

Time to Order Your Yearbook!

It's time to order your 2021-2022 yearbook! It comes in full color with tons of pictures and are only $20.00! You can also order personalization for an extra $2 and $1 for each icon. You can order online at Deadline to order is April 22nd, 2022. All orders are online. This year, the cover will be artwork from our awesome 5th graders! If you have questions about the yearbook, please contact Heather Osborne at

5th Graders Learning About the Distribution of Water on the Earth by Creating a Model in Science

February 10th Update from Superintendent Young

February 10, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

I hope you all enjoyed some fun in the snow last Friday and weekend! Shout out to our incredible facilities crew and the City that worked hard to keep our sidewalks, streets, and buildings clear of ice and snow. A hard task and one for which I am so appreciative.

This week, February 7-11, marks National School Counseling Week. It was established by the American School Counselor Association to focus public attention on the contributions of school counselors within U.S. school systems. The 2022 theme is School Counseling: Better Together. I couldn’t agree more with that sentiment. Our school-based clinicians and HowardCenter team members have always been critical to supporting the mental and social health of our students and staff and during pandemic times, that work has only intensified. Our clinicians have helped us navigate the uncertainty of our lives over the past two years, especially. Better together? Without a doubt.

In addition, last weekend, a number of state sports competitions were held. Kudos to our SB students and coaches!

Girls Hockey won the CSB Cup

NVACs Cheer Competition:

SB Wolves Youth team 1st place

SB Wolves Middle School team 1st place.

SBHS Wolves 1st place

Girls Basketball vs St. Johnsbury (JV) won, and (V) won as well.
Boys Basketball vs Burr & Burton (JV) won, and (V) won as well.

Varsity Dance won Pom
Indoor & Track - Both boys and girls teams finished in second place at the D1 State Meet.

Dates of Note:

February 11: Late start at the middle and high school and early release for elementary

February 15: Channel 17 School Board Candidate Forums at 5:30 and 6:15 pm

February 16: SB Debate hosted School Board Candidate Forum (Access Code: 774-777-757) online and at the 180 Market Street Auditorium

February 16: Regular School Board meeting 7 pm (agenda posted tomorrow afternoon)

February 21-March 1: Winter Break - No School

COVID Updates

The latest COVID state data, indicates a hopeful downward trend in COVID19 cases. Our in school transmission data reflects this as well. We have continued to distribute rapid antigen take home tests to every student in grades PreK-12 along with directions regarding when to use them. This is part of our shift in protocol from test-to-stay to test-at-home. Our hope is to continue to provide families with these tests as supply allows. If you have questions regarding these tests, please contact your student(s) school directly. Currently, we do not have enough supplies to offer them to staff (although our hope is that we will be able to at some point in the near future). Therefore, next week, we will continue to offer free rapid antigen testing for asymptomatic staff on Wednesday and Thursday from 3-4:15pm at 577 Dorset Street.

I also wanted to remind everyone that mitigation measures remain as important as ever. Please wear a well fitted mask at school and work, stay home when sick, and if you have symptoms, even mild ones, please get tested. Let’s keep up this positive trend!

Nutrition Services Update: P-EBT

The federal government approved Pandemic-EBT benefits for the current school year from September 2021 to June 2022. These benefits are meant to replace the value of free school meals students would have received at school. They will be provided to eligible students who had an excused COVID-related absence or were impacted by COVID-related school closures during the school year. Getting free meals to eat at home during a closure or absence will not impact a student’s eligibility for P-EBT.

For information on who is eligible to receive these benefits, please see this letter from Director of Nutritional Services Rhonda Ketner.

FY23 Budget and Early Voting

This week, I continued my budget outreach to our community with a meeting with the SBBA (South Burlington Business Association) and Violet Nichols and Gary Marckres assisted me with presentations to PTOS. If you are looking for detailed information, all of our budget related videos and slides are posted to our SBSD Budget webpage including the digital edition of our combined City and school budget book. In addition, next week, two forums will be held for voters to get to know the candidates running for the school board. Channel 17 will host the first at 5:30 and 6:15 pm February 15 and these will be livestreamed on their YouTube channel. SB Debate will also host both the school board (Access Code: 774-777-757) and city council candidate forums (Access Code: 690-482-109) February 16 at 6:00 and 7:30 pm. Respectively. You can also attend the latter live in the Auditorium at 180 Market Street

Pre-Town Meeting will take place February 28 beginning at 6:30 pm on GoToMeeting (link provided soon) or you can join in person at 180 Market Street.

Early voting has begun! According to City Clerk Donna Kinville, ballots have arrived in her office. You can request an absentee ballot in several ways: online at the Secretary of State's website, calling the clerk’s office at 846-4105, sending an email to or coming into the office during regular business hours. Voting will also occur in person at all regular polling locations Tuesday, March 1 from 7 am-7 pm.

All ballots must be received at City Hall at 180 Market Street in the mail by the close of business on election day. Those dropped off in the night drop box will be picked up Tuesday by 9:00 a.m. Anything in the night drop after 9:00 a.m. will not be delivered to the polls. Find more information on the city's website.

School Happenings

SBHS Green Team Students Teach GCS Third Graders About Environmental Issues

The excitement has been apparent from SBHS and GCS students alike as they began their collaboration on teaching and learning about environmental conservation. Third graders had their first lesson today and there are five more sessions to come! Topics include the water cycle, watersheds, water use and conservation, aquatic food chains and webs, and stream health. SBHS students Brianna Jarvis, Sylvia Burkman, and Catie Palmer attended an intensive 1/2 day training for teaching the lessons. This was taught by UVM Extension, 4H, and Try mentors. Sylvia had brought this program forward to the GreenTeam back in 2019/2020. After a brief hiatus, it is back in action!

FHTMS: Getting into the Olympic Spirit

School Clinician Kelly Tivnan let me know the Olympics have come to FHTMS! If you’ve been in the entryway recently, you have seen the awesome display. Fellow Spirit Squad members Yvette Amblo, Carly Brassord, and Corey McKenzie have planned two weeks of school-wide activities to celebrate this world event. Their 2022 Olympics opened Monday with a decorated lobby and a staff torch run in lunches to generate excitement. The kick-off event of a school-wide online Olympic trivia challenge game sparked some friendly competition! Teacher Advisories (TA's) are now enjoying 2 weeks of fun activities, with events including “speed skating” on carpet squares, hunting for Olympic rings in the building and “Create your own Olympics Flag.” A giant leaderboard is on display in the library for TA’s to track how many activities they can complete and see the progress of others. Let the games begin!

Gertrude Chamberlin Students Mark the 100th Day of School with a Parade!

Wednesday marked the 100th Day of School at Chamberlin. The tradition of a Kindergarten parade took place where students festively marched in and out of classrooms to celebrate the day! See a clip of this parade at Principal Rouelle's Twitter.

RMCS Students Celebrate the 100th (and 101st Day of School Dalmatian Style!)

Teacher Kelly Mahl reported that first grade classes celebrated the 101st day of school in all 4 classrooms at RMCS! They counted to 101 in many different ways, made beaded necklaces with 101 beads, and did some 101 Dalmation crafts including making their very own puppy ears. So much fun! See photos in Principal Kilbourne's Weekly Newsletter!

Orchard Students' Latest Reading to Raise Antiracists Book for February

February's "Reading to Raise Anti-Racists" book is THE ARABIC QUILT: AN IMMIGRANT STORY by Aya Khalil. It's a story of a family that has moved from Egypt to the United States. The story shows how beautiful it is to learn about other cultures, but also how similar we all are, no matter where we're from. Orchard’s Art teacher, Ms. Susie is doing a fantastic project with all classes that takes inspiration from the quilt design work of the Black community in Gee's Bend, Alabama. Here's the video that students are watching in art class. Students will see screen shares of every classes' quilt designs in Orchard’s next All School Morning Meeting on February 18. Can't wait!

Thanks for reading!


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Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet - Technicool Presentation for Parents

FREE for Vermont Residents

February 23rd 6:30-7:30pm

There are multiple kinds of digital risks for children today, such as internet pornography, online groomers, and sexting. It is important for caregivers and teachers to have the information and tools to respond. Adults in this workshop will: a) learn the digital risks for children and strategize ways to keep children and youth safe in digital environments and b) learn effective strategies for dealing with children exhibiting concerning digital behaviors. Please join us to learn how to support youth in digital environments!

We invite Vermont schools and childcare centers to share this digital invitation with all parents and caregivers within their community. Space will be limited, so please register to attend in advance.

Questions? E-mail Kirstie Grant

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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

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.