Gertrude Chamberlin School

Family Newsletter March 4, 2022 Volume 16 Issue 25

Tuesday, March 8th - PTO Meeting on Zoom, 6:00 PM

The Gertrude Chamberlin PTO is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: PTO Meeting - March 2022

Time: Mar 8, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 820 7963 3417

Passcode: 887380

Friday, March 18th - No School, Inservice Day

Friday, March 25th - 12:30 Dismissal, Professional Development for Staff

Chamberlin Artists Featured in Two Upcoming Art Shows

Mark your calendars for these in-person art shows! You will see representation from GCS- as well as the entire district- at each show.

March 14th- April 18th: Champlain Valley Art Show at the University Mall.

April 13th: The Arts Festival at SBHS, 6:30pm. Displayed artwork from the entire district, elementary activities and musical performances.

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Parent Information Sessions on Special Education Rule Changes

February 28, 2022 (2 opportunities) 9:30am—11:00am or 6:00pm—7:30pm Virtual Meeting

The Agency of Education welcomes parents and families to join our staff virtually for conversations about the Special Education Program Rule Changes going into effect July 1, 2022. We will discuss the upcoming changes and their impact on students and parents, in addition to addressing questions and hearing concerns. Please consider joining an AM or PM session. We recommend reviewing the latest guidance located on our webpage, so you can arrive with questions. The AOE looks forward to connecting with you! Meeting link is located: Special Education Rule Changes.

Updates on Covid 19 Mitigation Strategies

Your child will be coming home with another antigen test kit today. Please use this as needed and let us know if you need more. The school district is providing test kits to families and staff, so we can continue to monitor symptoms and stay proactive.

Also, as the number of positive Covid cases in our community decline and the number of vaccinations increase, we are now in a place where we can begin lifting some of the safety precautions that we have had in place for the past two years. Beginning on Monday, we will no longer be using dividers during lunch and snack times. We will also open up the water fountains throughout our building. We are hopeful that we can slowly return to pre-Covid protocols in our schools, and will keep you notified as we make changes across our district.

Spring Concerts Are Back!

It is with great excitement that we welcome you to, or back to, Chamberlin

School. There has not been a concert at Chamberlin for 3 years due to Covid. Given

the continued downward trends, we will begin to lift restrictions, and we have decided to move forward with concerts this spring.

We will be moving from our normal March times, with two different concerts, to

May and have three different concerts. The dates are as follows.

5/17- 2nd and 4th grades

5/19- 3rd and 5th grades

5/25- kindergarten and 1st grades

All concerts will be held in the gym and start at 6:30. I will send out more specific

information later in April detailing arrival, dismissal, concert attire, and any Covid

information that may be pertinent. If you have any questions in the meantime, please

feel free to reach out to me using the contact information below.

See you soon!

Ms. Finlayson

(802) 652-7413

Kindergarten Registration, New Student Registration and Returning Student Registration Opens Soon!!!

On March 7, 2022, the Registration Portal for 2022-2023 Kindergarten students and all Pre-K students will open. The portal can be accessed using your PowerSchool Parent Portal account.

All Kindergarten students will need to complete registration forms. If your student is already registered as a Pre-K student, please select “Returning Student”.

If you have not registered your student in the past, please select “New Student”. Registration will be a 2 step process.

Pre-K class placements are made on a first come, first serve basis.

Registration for all/any NEW 2022-2023 Grade 1-5 students will begin April 4, 2022.

The Annual Student Update (ASU) for all returning students will open on June 1, 2022.

The registration tool is NOT mobile phone friendly. Please use a laptop, or tablet to complete the forms. If you don’t have a device, please contact Lynne Baechle, 802-652-7403 or email for assistance.

Farm To School News

Hello South Burlington Families and Friends!

As we make our way through winter, it may look like there is not much happening on the earth around us. There may be a layer of snow, and all of the plants seem to be at rest until they can come back up in the spring. However, the soil beneath our feet is alive and hard at work to regenerate and revitalize itself so it is ready to support all of the plants that want to start growing this spring.

When the earth takes time to rest and regenerate, we are reminded that we as humans need to do this too - by taking time to find some Hygge, drink lots of water, and continue to eat foods that will support our bodies and boost our immune systems. Growing microgreens is a great way to feed ourselves fresh green foods all winter long. They can also provide our bodies with up to 40X more nutrients than eating the fully grown plant!

Growing Microgreens at Home

Follow these simple steps to grow some microgreens at home. Want to create a fun and rewarding project with the family? Donate your ready-to-harvest microgreens to your local food shelf to share that nutrient boost with others in need.

Materials needed: A cup or tray • Organic soil • Seeds (broccoli, peas, sunflower, mixed greens, etc.) • Small bowl with water • Fine mesh strainer • Towel or lid • Spray bottle


1. Soak your seeds in a bowl of water overnight - this will speed up the germination process.

2. The next day, drain water from the seeds using a fine mesh strainer.

3. Spread a half inch of very moist soil in your tray. Then take your seeds and evenly sprinkle across the soil.

4. Gently press the seeds into the soil using a flat hand, making sure not to press too deep.

5. Cover your tray with a towel or other lid to block out the light for a day or two.

6. Peek at your seeds each day to look for a white root tip that will start to poke out of the shell. Once this happens, remove the covering and bring them out into the daylight by placing on a sunny windowsill.

7. Check back each day to watch them grow, misting with water to keep the soil damp.

8. Harvest the sprouts when they are a few inches tall.

Quinoa Salad with Sunflower Microgreens

We made a delicious quinoa salad in Farm to School this month. See below for the recipe if you’d like to try it at home.

(Serves 2-4)


1 cup uncooked quinoa

½ red onion, finely chopped

2 apples, diced

Microgreens, to garnish (we used sunflower)

¼ cup olive oil

Juice of ½ lemon

¼ tsp salt

1 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)


1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Once cooked, set aside and let it cool to room temperature.

2. Chop the onion and apples, and toss with the cooled quinoa in a mixing bowl.

3. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, lemon, salt, and maple syrup if using. Drizzle the dressing on top of the quinoa mixture and toss to combine.

4. Serve into bowls and garnish heavily with microgreens to get that nutrient boost! Enjoy!

2022 Farmstand Memberships are now available at our Common Roots Farm at South Village! To learn more and sign up:

Save the Date! Saturday March 19th is our 2nd annual Maple Moon event. Join us at the Wheeler Homestead for children’s activities, a nature walk, lunch, music, and more!

Till next month, Nourish to Flourish!

Lauren Jones, Common Roots - Farm to School Educator

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At This Time, We Do Not Have Any Coaches For Our Girls On The Run Program...Please Consider Volunteering So We Can Have GOTR at GCS!

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.

Olympic Week Fun...Continued!

The snow day interrupted our final day of Olympic we finished up this week! Students and staff came back wearing their South Burlington/GCS/blue and gray clothing. Games in PE continued and on Friday we had a Buzz Assembly with Mrs. Farrell and Mrs. Brown. We watched some of the video highlights of the games and celebrated our medalists! Based on perseverance and sportsmanship, every class received either a bronze, silver or gold medal. Special thanks to our Integrated Arts team and our PBiS team for putting together our spirit events around the Olympics!

Treat A Teacher...Nominate a GCS Teacher for a chance to win tickets to a Flynn Theater Show!

Anyone can nominate a teacher to receive free tickets


The Flynn is excited to announce a new way to celebrate our local educators: Treat Our Teachers, a community program that gives teachers free tickets to shows at the Flynn. Anyone can nominate a teacher of their choice to be a part of the drawing. It’s easy to participate: simply enter the name and email address of the person you would like to nominate. Before each show, a teacher will be randomly selected from the list of submissions and they will be notified via email to claim their two free tickets. This program applies to nearly every show at the Flynn between now and the end of May, so there will be many chances for teachers to win through the end of the season. Upcoming shows include Anaïs Mitchell, Hasan Minhaj, Marc Maron, John Cameron Mitchell, Itzhak Perlman, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jersey Boys, and many more.

The Flynn wants to give something back to the teachers who do so much for our communities.

Jennifer Skinder, Flynn Director of Education

School Nurse Notes

Illness Symptoms

(even mild ones)

Your student's health care provider may use this chart to help decide when the student can return to school.


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

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

Even if testing is negative, please do not send your student to school sick. Other viruses are circulating too!

Be well,

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,


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

Meet Author Jason Chin at the South Burlington Public Library!

Saturday, April 2, 2022


Meet Jason Chin and listen to him read and share his story about Watercress.

Flying Pig Bookstore will be present to have Jason’s book for sale and signing at the library.

Please join us in celebrating Jason.

Thank you


Natacha Liuzzi

Children’s Specialist

South Burlington Public Library

180 Market Street

South Burlington VT 05403


We are open at our new location on 180 Market Street!


Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm

The Book Drop is available at our new location. It is to the RIGHT of the City Hall Drop Box, around the corner.

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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