Gertrude Chamberlin School

Family Newsletter April 29, 2022 Volume 16 Issue 31

Friday, April 29th - 12:30 PM Dismissal for Staff Development

Tuesday, May 10th - PTO Meeting 6:00 PM

Friday, May 13th PTO Fun Run

Tuesday, May 17th - 6:30 PM - 2nd and 4th Grade Concert in the GCS Gymnasium

Thursday, May 19th - 6:30 PM - 3rd and 5th Grade Concert in the GCS Gymnasium

Wednesday, May 25th - 6:30 PM - K and 1st Grade Concert in the GCS Gymnasium

Friday, May 27th - 12:30 PM Dismissal for Staff Development

Monday, May 30th - Memorial Day, No School

All School Assembly...In Person and Whole School After 2 Years...HOORAY!

On Wednesday, we came together as an entire school, and the students were SPECTACULAR! Ms. Rouelle started off our assembly with announcements, and a 5th grade leader helped us learn the expectations for when we are in our assemblies. We honored Mrs. Baechle with a gift, kind words and applause, as it was National Administrative Professionals Day. Then it was time for...THE BUZZ! Mrs. Farrell and Mrs. Brown use a talk show format which is also co-hosted by a different 5th grader each time. After a spontaneous dance party, we were entertained by some fantastic 5th graders showcasing their jump roping skills. Then they told the story of how one of our now 4th graders gave Ms. Rouelle the name "Queenipal" back when she was in 1st grade...because she's not really a "prince - apal!" Mrs. Goodrich and a group of students surprised Ms. Rouelle with a special banner, in honor of being the VT "Queenipal" of the Year, signed by everyone and some flowers created in art class. She really got to be the "Queenipal" with a royal robe and bee crown! Mrs. Rundle gave out a Kindness Award to Mrs. McCarthy's class, for all of the work they are doing during recess to pick up trash on the playground...they have even started their own Save The Earth Team! We ended the assembly by singing our school song, accompanied by Ms. Finlayson on the piano. It was such an uplifting way to start our day! Next week, we will have another Buzz Assembly to learn about the Fun Run...we can't wait! We hope you enjoy the photos from the assembly!
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Happy National Administrative Professionals Day to Mrs. Baechle! Also to our Special Education Administrative Professional Ms. Becker!

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Assessments for Grades 3, 4 and 5

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will soon be participating in the online Smarter Balanced Assessment consortium (SBAC) assessments at Gertrude Chamberlin School. These are state and federally mandated assessment for all VT students, beginning at the third grade level. SBAC consists of seven sessions total in Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) for grades 3, 4, and 5. 5th grade also has an additional Science assessment. Students are eligible to utilize appropriate assessment supports when participating in the SBAC tests. These supports are defined as Universal Tools, Designated Supports and Accommodations. Grade level teams have met to create the optimal environment for our students based on their learning styles. Typical supports include small groups, breaks, and text to speech reader for the math and/or reading questions. Other accommodations are customized for students receiving special education services through Individualized Education Plans.

The testing dates are listed below. Please be sure your child gets a good night of sleep, eats a healthy breakfast and arrives at school on time the dates listed below. We try to make the assessment times as student friendly as possible - practice tests were taken in December and January to get students used to the format, they have been using test examples as "warm ups" in math and literacy classes, and we also will provide a "care bag" with gum, lollipops, pencils and an encouraging note written by GCS staff. Extra breaks are also taken on assessment days to break up the day.

Grade 3 ELA - Week of May 9th Math - Week of May 2nd

Grade 4 ELA - Week of May 23rd Math - Week of May 16th

Grade 5 ELA - Week of May 16th Math - Week of May 9th Science - May 24 & 25

Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions about SBAC.

Family Survey Results

Thank you to the 58 families who gave us valuable information in the family survey! Our PBiS team and staff are looking carefully at the results and comments that you provided. In today's newsletter, as well as future newsletters, we will be sharing the results with you. We appreciate all of the positive as well as constructive feedback. Without a doubt, many of you are missing the previous interactions that we provided with families before's hard to believe that until parent conferences, most of our kindergarten and 1st grade families had not even been in the building! That's 1/3 of our families! We will use your feedback as well as staff and student feedback to develop plans for continuous improvement. Thank you!
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Playground Use After School

Our School's Out program uses the playground after school, which is approximately 80 children daily using the play structures. This is full capacity for our outdoor play areas! If families who are picking up at the end of the day are wanting playground time, we ask that you please use nearby Jaycee Park on Patchen Road, or wait to use the GCS playground until after 4:30 PM when School's Out numbers are lower or students are back inside. We greatly appreciate your understanding as we work to support a positive outdoor experience for the many students enrolled in after school care at GCS.

Important Information to Prepare for Next Year:

5th Grade Families - UPDATED INFORMATION

Dear 5th Grade Parents/Guardians,

It is with great excitement that we are writing this letter to welcome you to the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School community. Our goal is to provide a warm, welcoming environment for you and your child during this important transition.

There will be a series of steps to introduce you and your child to all of the opportunities offered at the middle school. Our School Counselors, Matt Guyette and Yvette Amblo, will spend some time this spring visiting with your child at their elementary school. Some of our current 6th graders will also visit the elementary schools in May in order to speak about their middle school experiences and to answer questions. In early June, all 5th graders will visit the middle school to meet with 6th grade teachers, visit classrooms and tour the building.

We would also like to invite you to attend an In Person Parent/Guardian Orientation Night on Tuesday, May 24th from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. in the FHTMS cafeteria. The purpose of this orientation is to introduce you to the opportunities our school has to offer and to answer any questions you may have regarding the curriculum and your child’s transition to the middle school. This meeting is intended for parents/guardians only.

School Counselor, Yvette Amblo, will be your primary contact for incoming 6th grade students. You can reach her by email at, or by phone at (802) 652-7158.

We ask that you complete this questionnaire by Friday, May 6th, 2022: 5th - 6th Grade Parent Questionnaire. For information regarding our World Language, Band, Chorus offerings please see: 5th Grade Band Chorus_WL 2022-2023 .pdf

We all look forward to welcoming you and your child to our middle school community.


Dave Hyatt, Principal

Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School

Kindergarten - 4th Grade Families - INPUT DUE BY MONDAY

If your family is planning to move and will not be with us for next year, please let us know. You can call 8026527403 or send an email to

We are doing family input for placement through Google again this year. Please take time to fill out the form that is linked below and let us know your thoughts about your child as a learner. This information, along with teacher input, will be extremely valuable as we work to create the best, balanced learning environments for all of our students. At Chamberlin, there is often teacher movement regarding grade levels, so we ask that you not make a specific teacher request – the teachers at the current grade levels may not necessarily be at the same grade level. If you need a paper copy of the form, please contact Please be sure to fill out the online form or mail in your paper input form by May 2nd.

Mrs. Routhier's Class Skyping With A Scientist

1st graders in Mrs. Routhier's class ended their space unit by skyping with an astrophysicist! Manu (Emmanuel) Schaan is an Astrophysicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California who participates in the "Skype a Scientist"- ( program. Manu Schaan provided students with interesting facts and answered questions that the students posed about space and his job as a scientist. This was arranged by Maddie Poirier, one of our UVM student interns, as part of her solo teaching weeks.
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Kindergarten Registration, New Student Registration and Returning Student Registration

The Registration Portal for 2022-2023 Kindergarten students and all Pre-K students will open. The portal can be accessed using your PowerSchool Parent Portal account.

All Kindergarten students will need to complete registration forms. If your student is already registered as a Pre-K student, please select “Returning Student”.

If you have not registered your student in the past, please select “New Student”. Registration will be a 2 step process.

Pre-K class placements are made on a first come, first serve basis.

Registration for all/any NEW 2022-2023 Grade 1-5 students will begin April 4, 2022.

The Annual Student Update (ASU) for all returning students will open on June 1, 2022.

The registration tool is NOT mobile phone friendly. Please use a laptop, or tablet to complete the forms. If you don’t have a device, please contact Lynne Baechle, 802-652-7403 or email for assistance. We now have a desk top set up in the office, pictured below, so families who need support or don't have access to a device can come in and get support to register.

Spring Is Here...Time to Get the Gardens Ready!

Spring is here and some of our 1st grade friends started cleaning out the GCS Garden with Mrs. Goodrich! They also started growing several different types of herbs from seeds to be planted in the garden. Next week students will create ceramic herb/vegetable markers to label all of the plants in the garden.

Student Artwork Products for Purchase - PTO Fundraiser

Students have been working hard to create art work for an online art museum called, Artsonia. Once ready, families can choose to purchase items with their child's art work on it, such as a magnet, t-shirt, hat, etc. Mrs. Goodrich will contact families when these pieces will be ready to purchase in a few weeks. This is a fundraiser for the PTO, however there is no pressure to purchase anything. Thanks for your patience and stay tuned!
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Learning About Ramadan

One of our guest teachers (substitutes), Reyhan Gungor, came to Mr. Provost's and Mrs. Rogers' class to teach students about Ramadan. She provided helpful information and pictures about the holiday and how Ramadan is a month of fasting, empathy, and charity, as well as a special time to share and gather with friends and the community. Reyhan also provided each student with a bag of treats that are eaten and shared during Ramadan.

School Nurse Notes

You-Ology: A Puberty Guide for Everybody is a new guide published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which teaches kids about changing bodies and gender diversity. See the review on NPR here.

Take Back Day: VT's Prescription Drug Disposal System is this Saturday, April 30th!
from the health department: Medications that are not properly stored in your home can be a risk to kids and pets who might accidentally ingest them. And, flushing medications or tossing them in the trash is a danger to our waterways and wildlife.

Find drug take-back sites or how to obtain free prescription medication mail-back envelopes by visiting this site.


FREE LAMP tests are available from the Health Department. Find sites here (walk-ins allowed) or make an appointment here for pick-up.

FREE RAPID ANTIGEN tests are available from the school.

If the first antigen test is negative, use the second at least 24 hours later. If they are both negative, and you still have concerns, get a LAMP or a PCR test.

Testing is recommended for people with symptoms, for people who are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and not up to date on COVID vaccines, and for individuals who have travelled internationally.

A symptomatic student should only return to school when symptoms are resolved or markedly improved (and they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication).

Please continue to check the SBSD COVID-19 Dashboard for case updates, testing recommendations and illness guidelines, as we are no longer sending email notifications.

Be well,

Kerry Farrell

Drive for Education Grant...Thank You, Berlin City Auto!

On Friday before the break, Berlin City Auto came by to award GCS with a $2,200 Drive for Education grant to purchase high quality, engaging literacy intervention texts for our 3-5 readers. At GCS we believe that everyone is a reader; some just haven't found the right book yet. A big thank you to Berlin City Auto for helping foster a love of literacy in our upper elementary readers. Pictured below is Mrs. Ricard, GCS Reading Teacher with a representative from Berlin City Auto!
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April 28th Update From Superintendent Young

April 28, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

I want to welcome our families, students, and staff back to school and work after our spring break! I hope you had a relaxing week and were able to spend some time recharging. This week brought many highlights, a new play structure and unveiling at Orchard School, autism allyship week at Central School, and the first in-person Buzz assembly in two years at Gertrude Chamberlin School where Principal Holly Rouelle was honored! Over at FHTMS, preparations for Shrek the Musical Jr. are being finalized and in the midst of a snow squall, our SB Girls Ultimate team continued their winning streak.

As we are nearing the end of National Poetry Month, it seems fitting that SBHS student Gianna Morin, who took top honors at the Poetry Out Loud State Finals held at the Barre Opera House March 14 will be competing in the National Semi-Finals May 1st! You can livestream the competition Sunday at this site. Best of luck Gianna!

Dates of Note:

April 29: Late start MS/HS, early release ES

April 29: Deadline for Applications to Serve on the Superintendent Search Committee (see below)

May 4, 7 pm Regular School Board Meeting

May 6, 10-noon, Big Picture Program Open House in-person

May 6 & 7, FHTMS Drama Presents Shrek the Musical Jr, Find tickets here

May 7, Green Up Day in South Burlington and Statewide

Executive Director for Equity Position: Welcome De-Dee Loftin-Davis!

I am thrilled to announce that after a thorough search and interview process as well as community engagement, De-Dee Loftin-Davis (she/her) has accepted the District’s offer to become our first Executive Director for Equity. My recommendation went before the school board last night and they unanimously approved. De-Dee will officially begin her position July 1 and she looks forward to getting to know you all!

De-Dee, who joined the school board meeting last night to introduce herself, shared “Equity in community is a much needed and sustainable strength. Via equity, communication, transparency and community, I look forward to partnering with, getting to know and making positive equitable impacts in the South Burlington School District community.”

I want to thank everyone who participated in this process including facilitator Rhiannon Kim, HR Director Karen Dantzscher, RMCS Principal Kathleen Kilbourne who coordinated the Zoom Q and A sessions, and all of the committee members.

Superintendent Search Committee: Deadline to Apply Tomorrow!

Huge thanks to all who have expressed interest so far in taking part in the superintendent search process. The last day to apply is tomorrow, April 29 by 5 pm. The Board wishes to appoint a Committee that represents the diverse interests and perspectives of our community. Committee members will serve for a period of up to 6 months and will primarily be responsible for making hiring recommendations to the Board, as well as several support and interview activities. Interested? Please complete this application.

SB Boys Lacrosse Game Tomorrow will Focus on Fighting Hate Speech

In the fall of 2020, the SBHS Wolves girl's soccer program held an event called Stand Up. Fight Racism. Together.To continue the work that senior Josie Oliveira has started with the soccer program, tomorrow, the SBHS Boys Lacrosse team will host CVU at 7:00 PM (JV plays at 5:00) and the game will focus on fighting against "Hate Speech" with a brief student presentation at 6:50 pm. Hate Speech is abusive or threatening speech or writing that expresses prejudice against a particular group, especially on the basis of race, religion, political views, and sexual orientation.

Last Day for Sports Equipment Donations

Do you have old sports equipment that you’re looking to get rid of? Bring it to South Burlington High School! They are looking for gently used sports equipment for high school student athletes! You can bring cleats, sticks, shin guards, any pads, skates, golf clubs, jazz shoes, and much more! For hygienic purposes, please do not donate personal protection products! Tomorrow is the last day donations will be accepted from 8am-4pm! You can drop any gear off in the SBHS attendance office. Contact Ms. Weaver at or 652-7529 with any questions! Anything is greatly appreciated.

Time to Pick up your Bags for Green Up Day May 7!

This Vermont tradition is one that I really enjoy. It builds community and fosters connections while helping our environment. Volunteers statewide will come together in their communities to tackle trash and litter along roadsides, in public spaces, natural landscapes and waterways. Vermont was the first state in the nation to designate one special day for cleaning the entire state.

Green Up Day will take place May 7 but I wanted to give you the heads up that the process in South Burlington will look a little different this year. Instead of dropping by the former City Hall, home to our new District offices at 577 Dorset Street, both to pick up and drop off trash, there is a new dropoff location: 104 LANDFILL ROAD. You can pick up bags (maximum of 4 per household) at 180 Market Street at the Welcome Center, Monday-Friday, now through May 6th. On May 7th, bags will be available for pick up between 9:00–12:00 PM at 104 Landfill Rd only. The May 7th drop off will take place from 9:00–1:00 PM only at 104 Landfill Rd.

There will not be any roadside pickup, but abandoned roadside tires will be accepted. This year, participants will determine their own locations to collect trash. When dropping off the bags, the city would like to keep track of what road individuals picked up on and how many bags were filled. I look forward to seeing you out there!

School Happenings

SBHS Students Participate in the Super Bowl of Job Fairs!

One of the largest job fairs ever was held this week at the Champlain Valley Expo and SBHS students took part. Coordinator of Career Development Nikki St. Mary and Learning Center Coordinator Julian Barritt brought 30 students to the hiring fair while some older students drove themselves or attended with their tech center. St. Mary noted that “most of the students were ready with resumes, they were all great ambassadors of SBHS, and as I walked around, I saw them really engaged with employers. “

There were over 150 employers there with full-time, part-time, summer, apprenticeship, and internship opportunities. St. Mary learned about some great apprenticeship programs, paid internships, and jobs with growth potential that students can get directly out of high school. She also had a great conversation with a woman from the Dept of Labor about federal and state programs that can help recent grads obtain employment with the support of a case manager and funding to help if students need certain things to do the job (like work boots or specific clothing). Well done all!

FHTMS Students Read The Giver and Participate in Simulation

Lori Centerbar’s 7th grade ELA students are reading the classic dystopian novel, The Giver, by Lois Lowry. The story revolves around the protagonist, Jonas, who lives in a community that is highly structured, orderly, and very different from our own. Jonas’ community celebrates the ages of all children at the Annual Ceremony where each age is gifted a symbolic item or new privilege up until the age of twelve. When the children become Twelves, they are assigned their jobs in the community. This year, Centerbar’s students actually participated in their own Ceremony of Twelve Simulation. As in the story, a great deal of time and thought was put into deciding which job would be perfect for which student.

Centerbar shared that Amy Blauvelt, (Assistant Chief Elder) and Chief Elder Centerbar then made the announcements of the assignments. Most students were really happy with their Assignments such as being the Chief Elder, Doctor, or Receiver of Memories, while others, such as fish hatchery attendant, were not as popular. Those who were satisfied would go on to complete a journal write explaining why they approved of the assignment. If a student was not pleased with their assignment, they were able to write a letter of appeal explaining, with solid evidence, why they would prefer an alternative. All in all, the simulation was a really fun experience, and made the story come to life!

RMCS Celebrates Autism Allyship Week

April is Autism Acceptance Month and RMCS has been celebrating this week! They spent the week learning from autistic people and sharing facts and information about autism, the autistic community, and neurodiversity. Autism Allyship Week was an optional spirit week to foster growth, learning, and allyship around neurodiversity and the autistic community.

GCS Students Learn about Ramadan from Guest Teacher

This week, guest teacher Reyhan Gungor came to Mr. Provost's and Mrs. Rogers' class to teach about Ramadan, which ends the evening of May 1. She provided helpful information and pictures about the holiday and how Ramadan is a month of fasting, empathy, charity and a special time to share and gather with friends and the community. Reyhan also provided each student with a bag of treats that are eaten and shared during Ramadan.

Orchard Students get a New Play Structure!

The day finally arrived this Wednesday when Orchard’s brand new play structure was unveiled to excited students. Even the dreary weather couldn’t suppress the joy a new playground provides. Principal Mark Trifilio shared that he and the PTO had been working at updating the playground one piece at a time. It seemed like doing the entire playground was just too expensive for one fundraising season. During the pandemic, the PTO decided to make a go of putting in an order for a new "centerpiece" structure. The PTO had some savings but they did a full press in the spring to raise half the cost. They reached out to parents and local businesses and raised the money by the end of May! This included an anonymous generous donation. The structure was ordered with the hope it would arrive in late summer and installed before school started, but unfortunately it was delayed until just two weeks ago. On Wednesday, Trifilio took each grade out for a half-hour to check it out, review their recess-playground expectations and then take it "out for a spin!" Can’t wait to check it out for myself!

Thanks for reading and have a great Friday and weekend. Looks like May is going to be off to a warm start!


Check Out What's Happening In the South Burlington Cub Scouts!

May Kid's Events at the South Burlington Public Library

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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