April 3, 2020, Volume 11, Issue 29
"There's a spider on your shoulder - April fools!" I hear this extensively every year as students enjoy fooling me. I have to admit I really missed it this year but the good news there will be plenty of April Fools tricks in our future.
The Governor's Decree on Thursday, March 26, is making an impact on all school communities throughout Vermont. We knew schools would most likely be closed through April but we're all stunned when we heard we were closed for the remainder of the school year. We are still figuring out how we will meet this new challenge. The Vermont Agency of Education's direction is that we create daily work schedules, to take attendance and to create learning plans. This is an extensive task that we will be addressing in the near future.
Here are a couple of beginning steps:
- We are sending Chromebooks home to all 2nd and 3rd-grade students next week. The district is planning to drop them off at addresses, not bus stops. We are hoping to begin working through Google Classroom on April 13th. This is going to be a stretch, especially for our 2nd graders, but we hope to continue to make gains as we move through the spring.
- This means grades 2 - 5 will be accessing learning through Google Classrooms, we are still working on plans for students in PreK - 1st grade. This will most likely continue to be like the Monday delivery packets.
- We will continue to keep you updated. Thank you for your patience.
I am also including an attachment right below here for how the district will repair broken Chromebooks. Check out the Family Technology Support attachment directly below this article.
Important Nutrition News: I am doing a shout-out to our Kitchen staff - as of today, they are serving over 680 breakfasts and lunches every day! I can't help to be impressed and inspired by their work. Besides this, I will continue to include the Free Meal Application (see below). It is important that families know Free Meals are available as our economy continues to decline. It is also really important for parents to know that our school receives larger federal grants when our Free Lunch rate increases. We are hoping to have an online application in the very near future - remember it is all confidential.
Our librarian, Donna Sullivan-Macdonald, continues to add more awesome items to our Cool Tools for School website. Check it out!
We are loving the photos coming in for The Core. Please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a good socially-distant weekend; be safe, be well and take some time to read with your child.
Resources from our Library
My newest addition to the Cool Tools for Schools webpage is Wide Open School, from Common Sense Media. It has LOADS of helpful resources.
Also check out free audio-books Audible.Com: "For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids."Enjoy!
Library Media & Instructional Technology Specialist
Home Photos of Week 3 - Nice job Sam, Taylor, Becket, Shawn & Levi,
Updates for Nutrition
Meals: The delivery of meals from school buses has been getting better and more efficient every day. Our school lobby (as well as the other SBSD school lobbies) is also a place to pick up food. Please contact us if we are not getting meals to you. Here is a link to our Nutritional Services Department for more information: https://vt01819219.schoolwires.net/Page/76
As mentioned last week, some of our families may be experiencing economic hardship as businesses are shutting down and employees are being laid off. For families who are struggling, remember that free breakfast and lunch are available for students. Here is a link to the form to complete. If you cannot reach anyone at Nutrition Services, feel free to reach out to me, I will follow through for you. It is all confidential. I'm including the free breakfast/lunch application below and here is a link to our food service program: https://vt01819219.schoolwires.net/Page/877
Check Out this Awesome Social Story form our School Counselors
***Please Pick Up Your Child's Medications***
June is our usual time to reach out to families to return medications and supplies that are stored at school, however, the process is starting earlier for obvious reasons. We are feeling so sad that your children won't be returning this school year. We really miss seeing them.
Please pick up your child's medication(s) and supplies next week (see below); this includes any medications that your child may need again next year. Medication and supplies are not stored in the health room over the summer. All medications must be picked up* by an adult or they will be disposed of this spring.
Office Hours for Pick-Up:
Tuesday & Thursday, April 7 & 9, 9:00-11:30
Please email with questions, to make *alternative arrangements for pick-up (or optional drop-off at your residence), or to give permission to dispose of the medication/supplies. We will also send an additional email to parents of children who have medication/supplies at school.
Kara Cassani (email@example.com) & Darcy Mazlish (firstname.lastname@example.org)