Gertrude Chamberlin School
Family Newsletter September 17, 2021 Volume 16 Issue 6
Friday, September 17th - Picture Day
Friday, September 24th - 12:30 Dismissal for Staff Professional Learning
Thursday, September 30th 6:30 PM - GCS Circus Performance, South Burlington High School Turf Field
Friday, October 8th - 12:30 Dismissal for Staff Professional Learning
Monday, October 11th - No School, Indigenous Peoples Day
Tuesday, October 12th - 6:00 PM, PTO Meeting
Picture Day Information
School picture day is Friday, September 17th. You can order your photos using the order form that went home or online by using the following information - please note that the password is case sensitive.
Picture will be taken outside, unless the weather is inclement, so please have your child dress accordingly.
Your Child Will Be A Circus Performer on Thursday, September 30th! Come and See the Show!
We will be having Troy Wunderle and his Big Top Adventures as our artist in residence from Monday, September 20th- Friday, October 1st. Students will be working with Troy to learn and practice a variety of circus skills such as: juggling, spinning plates, stilts, diablos, pogo sticks, unicycles, and rolling globes during their regular Physical Education classes. On Thursday, September 30th at 6:30pm on the turf field at South Burlington High School, each classroom and grade level will be performing their circus act. Parents/caregivers will need to bring their student to the turf field that evening so they can be part of the performance and show you the skills they have learned throughout the two weeks. We are excited for a wonderful residency, culminating with GCS students as circus performers on the 30th at 6:30 pm. We will also be accepting donations that evening to help cover the cost of the residency. This residency will also be supported by the Chamberlin PTO, the VT Arts Council and the Polly Cain Fund.
Wolf Pack Time
Mrs. McCarthy's class sharing their hopes about Wolf Pack Time.
Learning how to use a talking piece in Mrs. Routhier's class.
Taking a mindful moment - practicing 5 finger breathing in Mrs. Custer's class with Ms. Finlayson.
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Results for 4th and 5th Grade Families
Beginning of the Year Read Alouds from Ms. Rouelle
Two Thumbs Up for Kindergarten!
GCS Learns About Dot Day!
Welcome to the PTO!
We had a wonderful first Zoom meeting this week! "The PTO's mission to enrich educational experiences of all students, to provide support and assistance to Gertrude Chamberlin staff and families and to enhance the sense of community at the school through socialization events remains strong. The PTO meetings are working to re-imagine fundraising events like movie night, the gift catalog, and the Fun Run. Stay tuned for creative approaches to our annual PTO-sponsored activities! Did you know that as a Chamberlin parent, you are automatically a member of our PTO? Come join us as we support our children at Chamberlin!
Did you know that you can support programs at Chamberlin School whenever you shop? Check your food items and office supply products to see if they have Box Tops on them! It is now an electronic program and you can download the Box Tops app on your phone and scan your receipt to get credit for Chamberlin. Our PTO uses funds from Box Tops and other fundraising events to support field trips, our gardens, our playground, school supplies and many other needs at our school. For more information, visit www.boxtops4education.com .
Do you shop Amazon? If you use the link tinyurl.com/ChamberlinAmazon, our PTO will get a check for a percentage of your purchases. Shop online and support our school at the same time!
We are looking forward to a wonderful year together to support our children. If you have questions, you can contact the PTO presidents, Jennifer Doig - firstname.lastname@example.org
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR NEXT PTO MEETING ON OCTOBER 12TH AT 6:00 PM!
PTO Meetings for the year are on the following dates:
10/12, 11/9, 1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10
Gertrude Chamberlin School Student/Family Directory
Make sure your student is included!
FOR YOUR STUDENT'S INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED, you MUST fill out the registration form and provide your contact information. Due to privacy concerns, you must opt in - your information will not appear unless you provide your contact information using the link.
Here is the link for the form: https://forms.gle/dwL8vrWqsKB36ndt7
By including your contact information, you make it easy to connect with other Chamberlin families and help create a strong Chamberlin Community! The Directory is being created and provided by the PTO. Please fill out the form no later than Friday, October 1st to have your information included.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Doig, PTO president, anytime at
School Nurse Notes
We deeply recognize the strain and concern that the current COVID situation has had on our SBSD community. Some of you have been directly impacted either by obtaining COVID test(s) due to symptoms or being asked to quarantine your students with a follow-up test. The frustrated and worried feelings surrounding these situations may present with a myriad of emotions.
We must continue to slow the virus through mitigation strategies and work as a whole community. The efforts of each of us can make a difference. Please consider what decisions you can make, outside of school, to help decrease exposure risk. Please also keep your student home if they are not feeling well. Consider contacting your student's health care provider if symptoms arise. Even when experiencing mild symptoms, a COVID PCR test may be needed. Refer to these guidelines and notify the school nurse of test results.
COVID-19 Testing Options:
A PCR test may be obtained by scheduling on the testing site on the VT Department of Health's website or through your student's health care provider*. Depending on the testing site, results may be released anywhere from 24-72 hours. Antigen tests are not accepted tests at this time.
*some providers are recommending testing occur through the health department rather than at their office.
Hang in there; we will get through this, with support from one another.
Nurse Kerry Farrell
Physical Education and Health News
South Burlington Public Library Book Sale
Does Your Child Need Milk for Their Home Lunch?
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