EMS Newsletter

December 18, 2020

Dear EMS Families,

It’s hard to believe that this is the last EMS Family Newsletter of 2020.

It has been quite a year. One year ago, none of this current reality was on our radar; so much has changed in a year. We have all been pulled and stretched in ways that we wouldn’t have imagined, and it has impacted everyone in very unique ways.

I am grateful. I am grateful to be a part of the EMS community. I am grateful for a community that believes in always advocating for kids, in always pulling kids closer. I am grateful for the amazing kids with whom we get to work each day. I am grateful for their energy, their enthusiasm, their talents, their thoughts, and their voice. I am grateful for a school and community that believes in equity and social justice and realizes that we have a lot of work to do to address inequities. I am grateful for the communication and thoughts from parents as we all try to bring forth the countless strengths of each individual. I am grateful for the flexibility, resilience and understanding that has been demonstrated by every individual in our community. It has been one of the most challenging years of my 30 years in public school education, yet I find so many reasons to be deeply grateful. Thank you.

I am hopeful for a 2021 in which we can have all students in the EMS building all week. I sincerely hope that you all can take time during break to reset, and to immerse yourselves in connections and relationships that bring you joy and energy. I truly hope for only the best for each of you and yours.

James Kiefer

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Meal Kits Available

The Burlington School Food Project and our community partners will be distributing Meal Kits over break.The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday December 23rd and 30th


BHS, Sustainability Academy, Champlain, Boys and Girls Club (this is a new time for the Club, for break weeks only)

Wednesday December 23 and 30th

Bobbin Mill 11:00-11:30

Franklin Square 11:00-11:30

South Meadow 11:45-12:15

Northgate 11:45-12:15

Wednesday December 23rd and 30th

Riverside Apartments 5:30

Salmon Run 6:00

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This month's FREE Take-and-Make kit is all about self care!
You can pick one up from the Fletcher Free Library starting Monday, December 21st.

SIGN UP HERE to claim yours!

December 21st: Self Care!
What's Included:
  • "DIY Stress Ball" Kit
  • "Mini Zen Garden" Kit
  • Self Care Plan by author Laura Lee
  • Chocolate
  • Tea
  • Coloring Page
  • Response Card
  • *Book: Snapdragon by Kat Leyh (you must have a FFL library card to get this book, and must return the book by the due date). *A limited number of books are available. Once all copies are checked out, we'll have some great graphic novels available.

We hope you are doing well. Please reach out to your student support team, Ms. Hulbert, Ms. Emily, Ms. Sharon, Ms. Alyson and Ms. Angela if you need anything.

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Rube Goldberg Machine Competition Reminder/Updates!

Hi EMS Students & Staff,

Don't forget to sign up for the December Break Rube Goldberg Machine Building Competition for a ton of fun, creative, hands-on entertainment that your entire household can get in on!
("What is a Rube Goldberg Machine?")

Open to all EMS & HMS students AND staff, to compete for the following categories:

  • Most Creative Task Completed by the Machine
  • Longest Running Machine
  • Tallest Machine
  • WOW Factor
  • Most Complicated Mechanism (NEW!)
  • Best Verbal Narration (NEW!) -- bonus points for super-enthusiasm / energy!

PRIZES: The winner of each category will receive a one-of-a-kind Trophy created by Mr. Schoembs, a ROKR Marble Run 3D Puzzle, AND an EMS hoodie!


A video of your machine going off must be emailed to Lwageman@bsdvt.org by Friday, January 8th.