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

Lunch will be in the classroom before dismissal and students can either order a bag lunch from the cafeteria or bring a lunch from home. If your student needs a bag lunch, the order will go in on WEDNESDAY, so please let your child know their Friday lunch plan so they can let their teacher know.

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.

passcode: gcs321

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.

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Wolf Pack Time

We had our first Wolf Pack Time this week! Classes learned about the aspects of a restorative circle, which includes a centerpiece and a talking piece to make sure that everyone can have a voice in the conversation. Our circles have an opening, a mindful moment and then questions that help us build our classroom and school community. In this introductory circle, classes brainstormed agreements on how their circle times will look, sound and feel for the year. At GCS, we want our circles to be safe, supportive places in our classroom. We look forward to this monthly time to build community!

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Results for 4th and 5th Grade Families

If you are the parent of a 4th or 5th grader, your child's results from our national spring SBAC assessments will be mailed home on September 22nd. Along with the results, you will find a letter explaining the assessments, how they are used in the district and how to interpret your child's assessment information. If you have questions about your child's assessment, please call us at 652-7400.
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Beginning of the Year Read Alouds from Ms. Rouelle

It was wonderful getting into each class over the first two weeks of school, to welcome students back and greet new students! It's always an excited time of the year as we make friends and learn the school expectations so we can be our very best learning community! The photo above was taken in Mrs. Roger's 2nd grade classroom.

Two Thumbs Up for Kindergarten!

GCS Learns About Dot Day!

This week, students celebrated creativity in Integrated Arts classes! The Dot is a book by Peter H. Reynolds that reflects one little girl's realization that believing in yourself and helping others can happen every day. This message and theme of "believing in yourself, everyone matters and reaching out to others" is what we are all about at Chamberlin School. International Dot Day inspires us to be creative, courageous and collaborative! In the Integrated Arts hallway, there are Dot-inspired paintings and drawings created by grades K-5. There are even dots hanging from the ceiling. Dot Week is the perfect springboard into showing off all of the artistic hopes and dreams of our students at Gertrude Chamberlin School. To view more art work being created by our talented students, please check out Mrs. Goodrich's Instagram account @chamberlin_art_room. Below is a link to the book, some photos from Dot Day and also The Dot Song that we learned in Music class!
The Dot
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The Dot Song Motions Guide - Emily Arrow & Peter H. Reynolds
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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 .

Do you shop Amazon? If you use the link, 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 -


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:

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

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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.

Be well,

Nurse Kerry Farrell

Physical Education and Health News

School/Family Compact

As a Title I school, we have a School/Family Compact with agreements on how we will support all of our students at home and at school, to have positive learning outcomes. You can find the School/Family Compact in our Family Handbook, on the website and linked below.

South Burlington Public Library Book Sale

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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

This school year ALL STUDENTS can have FREE Breakfast and Lunch! We would still ask everyone to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch form. See the links below for the form and the breakfast and lunch menus.