WEEKLY FAMILY FOCUS Dec 5, 2021

RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

Staff Wellness and Keeping Spirits Bright...

The Sunshine committee and staff have decided to host a once a month luncheon/ snack table for staff to help show appreciation for one another and lift our spirits in these complex times. Different grade level teams have signed up to host a particular month.

Many thanks to the amazing fifth grade teachers and team for the fabulous food/snacks for staff this month, and a special thank you to our fifth grade students who surprised us with these amazing decorations that brought huge smiles to our faces.

Relationships, connections, and showing appreciation for one another is always helpful; and right now it is critical to let everyone know we are all working 110%, doing the best we can, and continuing to keep students at the forefront of our decisions and actions. None of us could do these past 2 years alone. We want to thank parents, students, staff, and the community for contributing to RMCS in so many unique ways.

While tired, sometimes frustrated with the restrictions, and even having moments of being overwhelmed with the balance of home lives, work lives, and the pandemic, we continue to care for one another and move forward together daily in our SB Community.

With appreciation for your patience and grace,

Principal Kilbourne

Important Dates:

Dec.4th DEc 8th THIS WAS EXTENDED!!! - RMCS DAY at Barnes and Noble: 9am -9PM- shop on 12/4 - 12/8 and a % of sales will go to help RMCS fundraise. Just mention RMCS at checkout.

Dec. 10th -Wear your grade level COLOR DAY! (see below for details)
Dec. 11th- Author Event- Ashley Wolff is at SB Public Library at 11:00am (See below )

Dec 17th- Comfy Clothes/PJ Day school wide!


Dec. 23rd- Jan 2nd- No School for Winter Break


PTO MEETING DATES: PTO Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month, via zoom.

1/11/22

2/8/22

3/8/22

4/12/22

5/10/22

Celebrating RMCS SCHOOL SPIRIT with Colors of the Rainbow!

Next week our students will be working on a whole school project. Every student will be asked to write something they love about RMCS on a small strip of paper that will then be turned into a chain. On Friday morning, students will arrive at school to see a large chain link hanging from the halls, representing each student as an individual and the school. Please help us in celebrating our wonderful school community by having your child where their corresponding grade level color to school on Friday 12/10.

Prek/K- red/pink

1- orange

2- yellow

3- green

4- blue

5- purple


On Friday 12/17, we will have a whole school comfy clothes and pajama day to celebrate being RMC.

Donations of NEW WATER BOTTLES and GLOVES are needed for our Nurses Office...Thank You!

School Nurse Updates

Home Antigen Testing:

Please report to the health department, a positive result from a self-test, or an at-home test. Fill out the Vermont COVID-19 Self-Test Result Reporting Form. Please also let your school nurse know of the positive test.


While we are providing antigen testing in our Test to Stay program, per state guidelines we do not accept antigen/rapid test results for a student to return to school, when the student has COVID-19 ​symptoms. Please continue to follow-up with your student's health care provider and obtain a PCR test if indicated.


Test To Stay (TTS):

Unvaccinated, asymptomatic students (ages 5 and up) and staff, who are identified as close contacts to an in-school COVID-19 exposure, are eligible to participate in TTS. Click HERE to view some TTS Frequently Asked Questions.

Please give consent and permission ahead of time by clicking on the links. If you need assistance, please call the school's main office.


Contact Tracing:

If you test positive for COVID-19, the health department is requesting that you isolate from other people and notify any close contacts immediately. Contact tracers are prioritizing who they call, so you may not receive a phone call. Visit this page, at the Vermont Department of Health, for detailed instructions.

Isolate--immediately notify close contacts--inform your health care provider


COVID-19 Vaccine: 5-11 Year Olds

Make an appointment HERE. Children will receive 2 doses of the vaccine, given 3 weeks apart. A child will be fully vaccinaged. A child will be fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the 2nd dose.



    • Any families without internet access or who other would like assistance to make their appointment should contact the Health Department call center at (855) 722-7878, Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat and Sun 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • To speak with someone in a language other than English, dial the call center, and then press 1.
    • People who are Deaf or hard of hearing can make a TTY call to this number by dialing 711 or 1-800-253-0195.
American Sign Language (ASL): Vaccinations for Children 5-11 Years Old: VIDEO with Dr. Andrea Green.


Cold Weather Gear:

It's that time of year! Please remember to send your student with cold/wet weather clothing: boots, mittens/gloves, hats, boots, extra dry socks. Thank you!


Barnes and Noble Book Fair will be on December 4th NOW THROUGH DEC 8th 9am-9pm at Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble Book Fair will be on December 4th -8th 9am-9pm at Barnes and Noble. RMCS will get a percentage of the sales from that day from anyone who presents a RMCS Bookfair voucher or mentions RMCS book fair at checkout. The PTO will have a table set up at the B and N. We are asking volunteers to come sit at our table for an hour shift throughout the day to promote our fundraiser.

What an easy way to help raise funds for RMCS and spoil yourself or a loved one with the gift of reading! Please share this date and time widely with friends, neighbors, family members, colleagues who may be shopping at Barnes and Noble anyway. This is a WIN -WIN program. Please plan ahead and shop on December 4th- Dec 8th and Mention RMCS! THANKS

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Supports from the RMCS CHILD ADVOCACY TEAM (CAT): DONATIONS OF GIFT CARDS NOW BEING COLLECTED

As we approach the winter and holiday season, please reach out to one of us if you are in need of additional support. Please be assured, this is confidential, and not shared with other members of our school or community.

Kindly, The RMCS CAT Team,

Michelle Cannon, Ashley Wilson, Alyssa Cuddy, Meaghan Rice, Laura Standard, and

Kathleen Kilbourne


The Mitten Tree Project... Giving this season, ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP?

Once again RMCS will be sponsoring a mitten tree to share during the holiday season.

This year due to COVID, we are asking people to donate the gift cards and send them into school, so that we may redistribute them to families who benefit from some support and assistance for their children.


* Gift Cards to Hannaford Grocery and Target, and Barnes and Noble are always helpful, as they are within walking distance of our school and local options. Walmart gift cards are also a helpful donation, as they have a variety of needed items.

PLEASE SEND IN YOUR GIFT CARD DONATION WITH YOUR STUDENT STRATING THIS WEEK TO GIVE TO THE MAIN OFFICE, or ANY STAFF AT BUS DUTY AND PARENT DROP OFF IS HAPPY TO RECEIVE IT AND ENSURE IT GETS TO THE CAT Team for distribution.


Thank you for sharing this season of giving as you are able.


With appreciation,

RMCS CAT TEAM

South Burlington Town Library Dec Calendar

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HELP....we have 87+ Pieces of Clothing in our RMCS LOST & FOUND

1. Please LABEL your student's clothing with permanent marker with their name/initials...these are only the items that were NOT LABELED. We have returned already the ones with names.

2. Review all of these photos, and have your child go pick up what belongs to them.

3. We also have a huge pile of LOST hats, mittens, water bottles, shoes/ boots, and lunchboxes

4. Please be aware all items not claimed by DEC 22nd, will be laundered and donated

5. We will start the New Year with an empty LOST & FOUND...please help us by LABELING your child's items with their name.

THANK YOU!

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American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter Schedules Additional Town Halls on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter Schedules Additional Town Halls on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

The AAP Vermont Chapter is inviting Vermont families to join them for a conversation about COVID-19 vaccines for children from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. via Zoom on the below dates. Check the AAP website for updates as additional dates are scheduled.

RMCS 2021-2022 Yearbook NOW ON SALE!! $15.00 Each

Don't miss a single edition of the Rick Marcotte Central School Year book!

Order forms have been sent home, but if you would like purchase your yearbook online, please click here:

https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1140092/Rick-Marcotte-Central-School/


Then select Order My Yearbook to make your purchase and check out. Please put your child's teacher's name under 'Homeroom' All yearbooks are shipped to the school then delivered to your child's classroom the last week of school.
Any questions please contact Holly Young or Carrie Rice.

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Dec 11, 11:00 a.m., South Burlington Public Library, South Burlington VT

Ashley Wolff has been an artist since she declared herself one at the age of 5.

She grew up in Middlebury, Vermont and holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

Ashley is the author and/or illustrator of over 70 children’s picture books including WILDFIRE!, How to Help a Pumpkin Grow, Compost Stew, Bear Sees Blue, Baby Beluga, and the Miss Bindergarten Series.

Every summer Ashley teaches writing, drawing and introduction to media in the Children’s Picture Book Writing & Illustration MFA and certificate programs at Hollins University.

One of Ashley’s favorite pastimes has been traveling to schools all over the US, speaking to children about finding, nourishing and using their passion and imagination to help them find their own paths to the future.

She lives and works beside a lake in Leicester, VT.

www.ashleywolff.com

RMCS has open positions for:

Interventionists- Full time - 5 positions available

Recess/Lunch Supervisors (3 hours a day)

Substitute Teachers (2 full time floating sub, 5 days a week)

Substitute Teachers- Flexible scheduling

Substitute Caller - 10 hours a week

Howard Center is also seeking an additional School Based Clinician to serve at RMCS- Full Time (to add to our current mental health partnership).

Please apply via SchoolSpring.com or call Kathleen Kilbourne for more information at 652-7201.

Daily Health Screening - Ruvna App

Families are required to complete the daily health screening questions about your child's health status through an email or text using an app called Ruvna. Please be sure to complete it daily before your child comes to school. Nurse Cannon follows up by phone with families who have not completed the health screening questions. Thank you!

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Need Help with Technology? Use this link to access Tech supports!

Visit the RMCS website at sbschools.net or just click on this link for tech support!


https://sites.google.com/sbschools.net/sbsdedtechforstudentsfamilies/home