WEEKLY FAMILY FOCUS May 24, 2021

RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

Masking Still Required in Vermont Schools

Given the recent change from the CDC regarding mask wearing for those who are fully vaccinated, I wanted to take a moment to clarify that all students and adults are still required to wear masks at school and school-sponsored events. Governor Scott announced last week that Vermont will be adopting the latest CDC guidance stating that fully vaccinated people can now participate in most indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing.

However, there are exceptions to this guidance and the way it will be applied in Vermont, including in schools. Page 12 of the Strong and Healthy Year Guidance states that “All staff and students are required to wear facial coverings while in the building. They must also wear them when outside of the building if an adequate physical distance of at least six (6) feet cannot be maintained.” The Vermont Agency of Education has stated that for now, all Vermont schools should continue to follow this masking guidance. Given that many of our students have not been vaccinated, continued masking by staff also provides a good example of our expectations. I will communicate any changes as they arise. - David Young

DATES OF IMPORTANCE- MARK YOUR CALENDARS

May 26th- Early Dismissal at 12:30 (In service for Teachers)

May 31st- No School- Memorial Day

June 1st- June 4th :Last Week for Book Check-Out at RMCS Library

June 7th -All Books Back to the Library

June 9th Early Dismissal at 12:30 (In service for Teachers)

June 12th - SB High School Graduation- Essex Fair Grounds

June 18th- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, Half day, 11:30 am dismissal


July 23rd- SB Public Library OPEN HOUSE and Ribbon Cutting (see below)

Annual Student Update Forms Are Open for the 2021-2022 School Year

Get started today! Please register your student for the 2021-2022 School Year by completing the Annual Student Update forms before August 17th. These forms help families verify and share important health and contact information as well as allow for permissions to be set for school technology devices. To start, click this link: Getting Started: Register a Returning Student. If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please contact your school directly.

Second Graders Learn to Create Google Slides...Thank You Ms. Courcelle

All three second grade classes worked with Kristen Courcelle, the SBSD K-5 Technology Educator, to learn skills related to creating google slides. Each class had their own Zoom session with Mrs. Courcelle where she introduced and modeled features to use. This Zoom session also included time to practice and ask questions. Students will be using these skills as they create projects about their literacy work in the coming weeks. Thank you, Mrs., Courcelle!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

RMCS School Garden

Did you know? RMCS has a lovely vegetable and fruit garden tucked in the courtyard behind the gym. Your children may have already planted spinach and peas in it last week with Farm to School, or will be going out in the next few weeks to plant potatoes, carrots, or squash with their classes. The garden belongs to the whole school community and I encourage you to visit this relaxing (and delicious!) space with your children. The strawberries will soon be ready so please pick and enjoy! All excess produce will be donated to the South Burlington Food Shelf, as we did last summer. If you would like to know more, or would be willing to help with watering over the summer, please contact me at amyfsimone@gmail.com or (802) 343-3660. Thank you! Amy Simone, UVM Extension Master Gardener

NURSE UPDATES - Health and Wellness

A COVID-19 vaccine clinic will take place May 25 at the SBHS Burleigh Gym from 11:00 am-6:00 pm. You can find an evolving list of vaccination sites and how to register here. Vermont residents 12 and older can also access vaccination walk-in clinics, but individuals in that age group should look for clinics that offer the Pfizer vaccine and bring a parent or guardian with them.


Here is a link from the VT Multilingual Coronavirus Task Force with informational videos about vaccinating children 12-15 in many languages.


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3zjPpeFnXqvESr1y3d4DvQ


If you have questions about the vaccine as it relates to children, please take the opportunity to join local pediatricians for Zoom info sessions! The Vermont Department of Health began offering this series of online meetings last week and upcoming events will take place May 23 and May 26.




Vermont's Easing of Mask Requirement:
Masks are only required outdoors in situations* where a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained. According to Dr. Levine with the health department: “This is why, now when you’re outdoors, masks will only be required when you’re in a crowd or with multiple households, where you can’t keep a 6-foot distance from others. This is regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not.”

Examples of when you do not need a mask include:


  • if you’re outside on a run, your family is on a hike or out for biking,
  • if kids are having an outdoor playdate,
  • if you’re on the sidelines watching a baseball game or
  • if you are heading to the beach with plenty of space around you.


*Students and staff will continue to wear masks while on school property.


Travel:


If you are unvaccinated (including children) and traveled outside the state, you must have a COVID-19 test within 3 days of returning to Vermont. For more details, visit COVID-19 "Frequently Asked Questions" on the health department's website.

People who have returned from international travel should follow the "After International Travel" guidance from the CDC.


Symptoms and Testing:
A message to parents/guardians: if you have any symptom, no matter how mild, such as a headache, cough, fatigue or a runny nose, it’s best to get tested. It’s also important to avoid going to work, school or other places until you receive a negative result. COVID-19 is a highly transmissible virus, and this is how we can each protect our loved ones and our communities. If you have symptoms, talk to your health care provider. They can refer for testing.


COVID Vaccine:

People 12 and older can make appointments. Part-time Vermont residents, including college students, are also eligible to get vaccinated. The health department is arranging for more walk-in clinic opportunities. Visit the "make appointment" link above to find a walk-in near you!


The Vermont Department of Health is offering a series of online town hall meetings with local pediatric providers for parents who may have questions about the vaccine. Here is the DOH link to these meetings:


https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/about-covid-19-vaccines-vermont#vaccinesforchildren

Enhancing Communication: Texting Going Live

In order to enhance our communication and engagement with families and staff, we will be adding SMS/text messaging to our SchoolMessenger notification system (the system the District uses to send phone and email communications to families and staff). We have established a "go live" date of May 25 at 6:30 pm. At that time, if you have a mobile phone number on file with the District, you will receive a one-time text message asking if you want to receive texts going forward. The message will come from the number 67587. Simply respond with the letter "Y" or the word "Yes" to opt-in. Ready to opt-in now? You can simply send a text to the number 67587 with the letter "Y" or the word Yes" to opt-in today!

Creative Arts Final Rotations May and June 2021

Cooper, Eddy, Hockenbury, Pecor, Kulhowvick

ROTATION 3

Music May 24 - June 4 (this is a 2 week rotation)



Appleby, Bailey, Belisle, Carpenter/Mahl, Kelliher

ROTATION 3

Library May 24 - June 4 (this is a 2 week rotation)



Vincent, Smith, Ransom, Scott, Mitchell

ROTATION 3

Art May 24 - June 4 (this is a 2 week rotation)



Kavanagh, Knepp, Liguori, Ross, Miller

ROTATION 3

PE May 24 - June 4 (this is a 2 week rotation)


Creative Arts Rotation #4 - June 7-18


Cooper, Eddy, Hockenbury, Pecor, Kulhowvick

ROTATION 4

Library June 7 & 8 (this is a 2 day rotation)

Art June 9, 10, 11 (this is a 3 day rotation)

PE June 14 & 15 (this is a 2 day rotation)

Music June 16 & 17 (this is a 2 day rotation)


Appleby, Bailey, Belisle, Carpenter/Mahl, Kelliher

ROTATION 4

Art June 7 & 8 (this is a 2 day rotation)

PE June 9, 10, 11 (this is a 3 day rotation)

Music June 14 & 15 (this is a 2 day rotation)

Library June 16 & 17 (this is a 2 day rotation)


Vincent, Smith, Ransom, Scott, Mitchell

ROTATION 4

PE June 7 & 8 (this is a 2 day rotation)

Music June 9, 10, 11 (this is a 3 day rotation)

Library June 14 & 15 (this is a 2 day rotation)

Art June 16 & 17 (this is a 2 day rotation)


Kavanagh, Knepp, Liguori, Ross, Miller

ROTATION 4

Music June 7 & 8 (this is a 2 day rotation)

Library June 9, 10, 11 (this is a 3 day rotation)

Art June 14 & 15 (this is a 2 day rotation)

PE June 16 & 17 (this is a 2 day rotation)

RMCS to Receive Books Thanks for Grant Garnered by SBHS Student

RMCS students will soon benefit from the industriousness of SBHS student Niko Lekkas, who after being inspired by working with a student at Central School on their reading for half an hour each Tuesday over Zoom, decided to apply for a grant to help buy books to support the third grade and literacy support teams. The books are for low-level readers (K-1-2) and intentionally multicultural in theme/representation. Lekkas is a senior at SBHS and wrote the grant proposal to the Academic Boosters fund after finding out about it from CDC Director Christine Lundie. He was awarded $640 to buy two sets of books from Leff Books.

Niko wrote, “I noticed that this is a very diverse class, and for some of the students, English is a second language. I absolutely wanted to work on the grant and help get the books for them. This was my first grant that I ever wrote. Every room in my house has books and I know the importance of books for developing creativity, imagination, writing, and communication. So, working on this grant to get the books for these 3rd graders was important for me.” Well done!

SBHS to Host COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic May 25

We were excited to learn this week of the FDA's authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for youth ages 12-15. This is a hopeful step in the state and country’s transition out of this pandemic. To help facilitate this effort, many school districts across the state, including South Burlington will be hosting vaccine clinics. Our clinic will take place May 25 at the SBHS Burleigh Gym from 11:00 am-6:00 pm. You can find an evolving list of vaccination sites and how to register here. Vermont residents 12 and older can also access vaccination walk-in clinics, but individuals in that age group should look for clinics that offer the Pfizer vaccine and bring a parent or guardian with them.

If you have questions about the vaccine as it relates to children, please take the opportunity to join local pediatricians for Zoom info sessions! The Vermont Department of Health is offering this series of online meetings May 16-May 19 and they all take place from 7:00-8:00 pm.

2021 VERMONT STATE SCHOLASTIC CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Announcing the 2021 VERMONT STATE SCHOLASTIC CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday/Sunday, May 29-30, 2021 Capital City Grange Hall, Berlin, VT All Vermont students Kindergarten through Grade 12 are eligible to participate. State champions for each grade K through 6, plus Middle School and High School champions will be determined. Swiss pairing used. (No eliminations – all players play each round.) Advance registration is required. Full details and registration information at: http://www.vtchess.info or contact Mike Stridsberg, mike@vtchess.info, 802-223-1948

May is National Bike Month: Check out the Art Scavenger Hunt

No doubt, if you have traveled around South Burlington by car, foot, or bike, you have noticed the colorful utility boxes that have been brightening our city streets over the last couple of years thanks to the coordinated efforts of South Burlington resident Katie O’Brien Barritt. A number of South Burlington residents, including students of all ages have contributed their talents to make South Burlington pop with creativity. To celebrate National Bike Month, an art scavenger hunt is underway (there are prizes!). This is a fun and safe activity for all ages.

Moving or Transitioning? Let us know ...

Are you MOVING IN or OUT of South Burlington, or TANSITIONING to a different school next year? Please call our Main Office to let us know your plans. 652 7200. This will help us to help you transition smoothly and also provide us with accurate student counts and class sizes to anticipate for next school year.

FALL 2021 Kindergarten Registration

Registration will open for Incoming Kindergarten students on March 1, 2021. If you would like to register a student who will be 5 on or before September 1, 2021, please visit www.sbschools.net/register .

School Registration / Home

South Burlington School District Online Registration link

www.sbschools.net

Family Resources from Howard Center

Caregiving is hard enough without a global health pandemic! Now more than ever, it is CRITICAL that we encourage our caregivers to practice diligent self-care. Our health depends on it, and the health of our children depends on it. It is difficult for caregivers to put themselves first – and we know they are equally as deserving and in need of it. Please consider using these helpful resources.

The Importance of Care for Caregivers (National Association of School Psychologists)

Parenting During Coronavirus: You are Enough (PBS Kids)

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

COVID Support VT (from 211)

Apps for Self-Care and Wellness

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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