CCS Newsletter

October 27, 2017


Dear CCS Friends and Families,

As we reflect upon our parent conference day last Friday (and the many conferences that have taken place at different times), we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for the collaborative work that our teachers do with you, our students’ caregivers. As stated in a recent PBS Parents article, “ ‘A positive parent-teacher relationship helps your child feel good about school and be successful in school,” advises Diane Levin, Ph.D., professor of education at Wheelock College. “It demonstrates to your child that he can trust his teacher, because you do. This positive relationship makes a child feel like the important people in his life are working together.’” (

There are many keys to a positive parent-teacher relationship and lots of professional advice about this topic! A few of our favorites are:

  • Assume good intentions;

  • Listen first;

  • When in doubt, ask;

  • Be objective and respectful;

  • And never underestimate the power of teamwork!

We all have the same goal in mind - a successful learning experience that supports the social, emotional and academic growth of each child.

We wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Kind regards,

Stephanie, Jen and Cassandra

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  • Former CCS students helped with morning announcements!
  • Matt Lollis did a great job in the Pop Art unit. Matt's comic tells a story of Barkman and his mission to save dogs from floods and sharks!
  • Alyssana Lasek, Isabella Hackerman, Finnegan Mittlestadt and Hadley Stockwell will be representing CCS at the District III Jazz Festival on Friday, November 10 at Brown's River Middle School.

  • CCS will be sending approximately 25 students to a 4th and 5th grade choral festival in March!

  • Third graders traveled to the Shelburne Museum on Thursday, October 19th.

  • Kindergartners have completed units of study on the acceptable use of technology, parts of a computer, caring for computers, and internet safety for their grade level.

  • Third graders are listening to podcasts during lunch, thanks to a personal interest being shared with school counselor Vicki Nelson! Third grader, Amelie Fairweather chooses an episode of Wow in the World! to share twice a month. We meet in the Direction Center to listen, laugh and learn about our world. If you’re looking for a new podcast, check this one out!

  • Many classes have achieved their first PBIS classroom celebration for positive behavior by filling their penny jars! Class celebrations have ranged from hide-and-seek games in the school to popsicle parties. See below for an adorable picture from a Kindergarten popsicle party!


On behalf of all our CCS staff we wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to our PTO and the 7/8 Families who sponsored our amazing Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, October 27th. It is such a treat to sample all of the delicious family favorite recipes while we took a few minutes out of our busy day with your children to enjoy each others company. We, at CCS, are truly grateful for the incredible support we receive from our Charlotte Family Community.


Tuesday, October 31st

Halloween Parade - 8:30am - see below regarding the tradition of Halloween at CCS.

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Wednesday, November 1st

Four Winds Workshop, CCS Cafeteria, 8:15am

Friday, November 3rd

Dance! Grades 6-8 in the MPR, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tuesday, November 7th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

CVSD Community Budget Forum, CVU Rm 160, 6:00pm- 7:30pm

Tuesday, November 14th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Friday, November 17th

Q & A with the Principals, Main Office Conference Room, 7:30 to 8:00

Monday November 20th through Friday, November 24th

NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 21st

CVSD Board Meeting, CVU Rm 160, 6:00pm

Tuesday, November28th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Wednesday, November 29th

Field Trip - Architects to Shelburne Farms, 9:00am to 2:00pm

Saturday, December 2nd

CCS Holiday Market, MPR, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Tuesday, December 5th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

CVSD Board Budget Meeting, CCS Library, 6:00pm

Friday, December 8th

Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Staff Room, 11:00 - 1:00


Per tradition, we will have our Halloween Parade from 8:30 - 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31st. Students are welcome to dress up if they wish. We ask that all costumes be respectful of everyone in our community. Costumes should not misrepresent groups of people, perpetuate stereotypes or exaggerate violence. For example, it could be offensive or unkind to dress as another gender, race or cultural group (such as Native American). If you'd like to more information about the cultural implications of celebrating Halloween in schools please read:


We would like to remind you that Charlotte Central School, with generous donations from the Shelburne Episcopal Church, can help provide Holiday Gift Support to your family. If you would like more information about holiday support, please contact your child's school counselor by Wednesday, November 8th.

Vicki Nelson (grades k-4) 425-6631 and Kathy Batty (grades 5-8) 425-6613


Congratulations to Alyssana Lasek, Isabella Hackerman, Finnegan Mittelstadt and Hadley Stockwell for being accepted into the District III Jazz Festival! It will be held on Friday, November 10 at Brown’s River Middle School with a culminating concert at 7 PM.

Many 7 & 8 band students are busy preparing their audition pieces for the District III Music Festival. Auditions will be on Saturday, November 4 at ADL from 9 AM - noon. Best of luck to all who have worked so hard!


Want to make a lot of first and second graders happy? Give them seeds, let them plant a garden, harvest all they grew and then decide where to bestow the bounty!

Last spring, Kris Gerson's 1st graders nurtured the healthiest squash, tomato, basil (and more) seedlings. This fall, as new 2nd graders, they harvested over 250 lbs of food. They overwhelmingly decided to give it to the Charlotte Food Shelf!

Karen Doris, Food Shelf coordinator, visited their class for an exchange; Karen showed photos and talked about all that the food shelf has to offer.

The kids, in turn, gave (and loaded into food shelf bound cars) 4 kinds of squash, potatoes, onions, watermelon radishes and the season's final cherry tomatoes.

They were happy, proud and are already eager to repeat this cycle.


Through the generous support of many families and community members via the Annual Fund and many PTO-sponsored, parent-run fundraisers, the PTO is able to award grant funding for various endeavors that benefit students at CCS. This fall, the PTO has sponsored the following grant proposals:

  • David Gonzalez Performance Assembly for CCS students and community (date TBD) - David Gonzalez is a latino speaker, storyteller and musician

  • Young Writer's Project support for creative writing and publishing opportunities for students in Grade 6.

  • Alternative Recess Equipment to provide a wider variety of play opportunities for students in grades K-8

  • Book Fair vouchers for CY Mentoring Program

  • Flexible Pathways - a pilot design group called LINK, run by Kathy Batty and Mary Muroski to support student opportunities to engage in personal interest projects focused on choice, real world connections individualization, active learning and trust.

  • Instrument Repair for CCS band instruments.

  • Sheet Music to support a greater repertoire within our CCS vocal and choral music programs.

The students and staff at CCS are incredibly appreciative of the opportunities provided through PTO fundraising! The PTO is able to support such grant proposals with the funds raised through the Annual Fund, Box Tops Collection, Hannaford Helps, CCS Variety Show, Lake Monsters CCS Night, bake sales, and the CCS Fun Run/Basket Raffle.


Our Lost and Found is overflowing once again. Please have your child(ren) check for their missing items. Two tables are set up in the hallway by the elevator. There are 2 pairs of eye glasses, an Under Armour backpack, cleats, flip flops, and 14 water bottles among the many sweatshirts and jackets.


Please join Friends of the CCS Garden for our 1st annual Fall Clean Up. Saturday, November 4th. We need your support to keep the CCS garden and Compost Shed in top shape for student learning.

Bring the whole family, along with these garden tools (if you have them on hand); clippers and short handled axes for cutting and chopping. Jobs may include: cutting back perennial and veggie patches, chopping all garden stems/foliage for use in the compost shed, spreading compost, storing hoses and planting winter rye, garlic.

We will have cider, apples, donuts, coffee and water. Our day will be set up in shifts. 8am-10 a.m. and 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

THANK YOU for supporting the CCS GARDEN and Compost Shed!!


Rachel Stein Deirdre Holmes

Elizabeth Cullen or Abby Foulk

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Once again kids will be collecting for UNICEF at Halloween. Start collecting your coins (bills are fine too!) so they will be handy when kids come to your door with their orange UNICEF boxes. UNICEF donations go a long way both here in the United States and abroad. Please give generously. For more information visit the UNICEF site:


Dear CCS community,

In the spirit of BE THE CHANGE, we want to reach out and support schools affected by the hurricanes. We are making cards, notes, and letters to send to schools in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Boxes have been placed in the library as collection points.

Other ways to donate to schools are listed in this link:

We are also supporting the cause to repair and replace playgrounds that were damaged or destroyed.

If you’d like to support mailing out boxes, donate cards or letters, or have other ideas, please contact Vicki Nelson (


CCS Allies for Hurricane Support


American School Counseling Association Resources


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The CVU's high school chapter of R.O.C. (Refugee Outreach Club) has begun their annual winter clothing drive. Their goal is to help new American students and their families adjust to life here in Vermont. All of the items collected will be distributed to several different Vermont organizations whose missions align with working to provide for local new American communities in Vermont.

There is a donation box in the CCS lobby should anyone wish to participate in the district’s drive.

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The PTO is sponsoring a Holiday Market at CCS on December 2, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Please click here for more information and Vendor application.


Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical: “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.” The performance dates are October 27th and 28th at 7:30 and Sunday the 29th at 2:00. The production includes 104 kids. (85 high school students in the cast, crew and orchestra and 19 children from neighboring middle schools are participating in a children’s choir.) Ticket are $8. for students and children and $10. for general admission. Tickets will go on sale on October 16th in the school store or can be ordered by sending in a TICKET ORDER FORM from the CVU Theatre website at: . For additional information call 482-6991.

CCS students participating in the children's choir: Maddy Bergeron, Silas Cohen, Aliza Flore, Ella Lisle, Hannah Stein, Sarah Stein


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