WEEKLY FAMILY FOCUS Oct 24, 2021

RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

Second Graders Thank School Bus Drivers

National School Bus Safety Week takes place each year during the third week of October. Did you know that school buses are considered to be the safest motor vehicles on the road? Second graders colored pictures and cards to surprise bus drivers and thank them for keeping students safe. We are grateful for our dedicated, caring bus drivers (Jim, Ray, Paul, Deb, Mark, Richard, and Bryce)! This is a great reminder for everyone to follow school bus safety guidelines to keep all students safe.

Important Dates to Note:

Fri. Oct 29th- Half Day, Early Release at 12:30pm

Nov. 10th -PICTURE RETAKE DAY 8:30 -9:30 am

Nov .2nd- NO SCHOOL Election Day

Nov. 22nd/23rd- Parent Teacher Conferences- NO SCHOOL

Nov. 24-26 Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL


PTO MEETING DATES: PTO Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

11/9 -Zoom (too cold outside)

NO Dec meeting

1/11/22

2/8/22

3/8/22

4/12/22

5/10/22

NEW TEACHER FEATURE: Meet Mr.Matt Currier

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SCHOOL NURSE UPDATES

Halloween and Holidays--Consider the Following Safety Tips:

  • Wear masks in indoor public settings (do NOT put a mask on a child younger than 2)
  • Avoid crowded indoor spaces and parties
  • Trick or treat outside and limit crowds
  • If you feel sick or have symptoms, don't attend or host a gathering
  • Delay travel until fully vaccinated
  • Get vaccinated if you are eligible

COVID Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know (click to view)

This John's Hopkin's article outlines important facts and answers questions for parents/guardians. Final approval for the Pfizer vaccine is upcoming, for ages 2-11, and we anticipate a Vermont roll-out to begin in early November. Vaccination is the best tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19!


Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your loved-ones, and others against the virus and its variants; the vaccine helps to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death. Getting vaccinated as soon as you can and wearing a mask indoors in public helps to maximize protection from the very contagious Delta variant and spreading it to others.


Take Back Day: VT's Prescription Drug Disposal System is this SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23rd!

Messaging 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.

SoBoo Spooktacular- FREE & Registration NOT required

Community Glow Walk -Family Friendly
October 30 | Market Street (Retention Pond) | 6-8 pm
Due to its immense popularity, we are excited to share that our Community Glow Walk will be back for its second year and will be even bigger and better. This event will once again take place around the stormwater pond on Market Street. Be sure to mark Saturday, October 30th from 6:00-8:00 pm on your calendar.

JACK-O-LANTERN JAMBOREE!

JACK-O-LANTERN JAMBOREE!

ADMISSION IS FREE!

COME AND JOIN THE HALLOWEEN FUN UNDER THE TENT BY THE COMMON ROOTS FARMSTAND

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29TH 3-6 PM

55 ALLEN ROAD EAST

FREE CIDER DONUTS AND FRESH-SQUEEZED CIDER!

MEET FARMER PHOENIX!

APPLESEED TED WILL PRESS APPLE CIDER THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY!

WEAR A COSTUME IF "THE SPIRIT" MOVES YOU!

PUMPKIN CARVING DEMOS WITH CHEF ANTHONY!

THE YOUNGER CHILDREN WILL ENJOY OUR STORYTELLING TIME!

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!

Should you have any questions email: Lspitler1962@gmail.com

NEW DIALING PROCEDURES in VT

Just a reminder that beginning OCTOBER 24, 2021 local calls will require you to dial 10-digits. Currently, you are able to dial 7-digits or 10-digits and your call will be completed. After October 24th, if you dial 7-digits, your call will not be completed.

What is the new dialing procedure?
Beginning October 24, 2021, you must dial the area code + telephone number (or 1 + the area code + telephone number as applicable) for all local calls. On and after this date, local calls dialed with only 7-digits may not be completed, and a recording may inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed. If you get this recording, you must hang up and dial again using the area code and the 7-digit number.

Why is the dialing change needed?
Mandatory 10-digit dialing for all local calls must be implemented so that 988 can be used as the new 3-digit number to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline.

Beginning July 16, 2022, dialing “988” will route your call to the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline.

What will remain the same?

  • Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
  • The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to this dialing change.
  • What is a local call now will remain a local call regardless of the number of digits dialed.
  • You will continue to dial 1 + area code + telephone number for all long distance calls.
  • You can still dial just three digits to reach 911 (emergency services) and 211 (Essential Community Services).
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can still be reached by dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Will you be able to dial 988 without a prefix from a multi-line telephone system?
No, you still will need to dial a prefix first when dialing 988 from a multi-line telephone system. With our telephone system, you will dial 9 first.

Can you still dial 1-800-273-TALK to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline?
Yes, you can dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach the Lifeline now. Starting July 16, 2022, everyone can dial either 988 or 1-800-273-TALK to reach the Lifeline.

Is 988 a new area code?
No, “988” is a new 3-digit code that may be used to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, starting on July 16, 2022.

For more information, please visit the FCC website at fcc.gov/suicide-prevention-hotline.

Thank you,

Ms. Sevigny's second-grade class having a shaving cream party as a Marky Mark celebration!

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Farm to School: Common Roots for OCT

Hello South Burlington Families and Friends!


October is Indigenous People’s Month here in Vermont so we are taking some time to acknowledge and celebrate the Abenaki in Farm to School. Did you know there are Native American squash and pumpkins currently growing in pumpkin patches and farms across Vermont? The Abenaki, a Vermont tribe, grow many varieties of squash. The most popular ones, you might recognize, are the big Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins (Connecticut Field Pumpkin) and sweet pie pumpkins. The Abenaki word for squash and pumpkins is “wassawa”.


Every tribe has seed guardians or seed carriers who take responsibility for the tribe’s precious seed. It’s impressive to think about the pumpkins we grow for Halloween and Thanksgiving are originally from seeds passed down through generations by the Abenaki!


We enjoyed this Pumpkin Apple Hash in class this month, with some ground sumac sprinkled on top for an immune system boost and a burst of flavor!


Pumpkin Apple Hash

Serves 2-4

This dish is great as a simple side, or take it up a notch with some sauteed kale, avocado, or a fried egg!


Ingredients:

● 3 cups pumpkin, peeled, deseeded, and cut in ½-in cubes

● 2 apples, diced (leave skin on)

● 1 yellow onion, diced

● 2 Tbsp olive oil

● ½ tsp salt

● Sumac, to garnish (optional)


Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onions until translucent - about 4-5 min.

2. Add the pumpkin and apple. Turn the heat up to medium high and stir every 3-4 min until pumpkin and apples get a bit caramelized on all sides.

3. Then turn the heat back down to low, season with salt (and pepper if you wish) and cook for another 10-15 min until the pumpkin is fork tender.

4. Serve warm with a sprinkle of sumac on top.


Come visit our Farmstand at South Village - and support the Farm to School program with your purchase. We are open Monday - Saturday, 8am-6pm. Friday October 29, 3-6pm is the Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree! Come by for free apple cider, donuts, pumpkin carving demos, and storytelling. See the link below for more information.


Photos below are of our 4th and 5th graders at GCS enjoying Farm to School this week!


Till next month, Nourish to Flourish

Lauren Jones, Farm to School Educator for Common Roots

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 rketner@sbschools.net.

Please remember to label your children’s clothing so that we may easily identify them when they end up at lost and found.

RMCS HIRING- Current Open Positions

RMCS has open positions for:

Interventionists- Full time

Recess/Lunch Supervisors (3 hours a day)

Substitute Teachers (2 full time floating sub, 5 days a week, now through Dec.)

Substitute Teachers- Flexible scheduling

Please apply via SchoolSpring.com or call Kathleen Kilbourne for more information at 652-7200.

Daily Health Screening - Ruvna App

Families will again be required to complete the daily health screening questions about your child's health status through an email or text through an app called Ruvna. Please be sure to complete it daily before your child comes to school. Nurse Cannon follows up by phone with families who have not completed the health screening questions. Thank you!

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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