Weekly Newsletter September 2, 2022 Vol. 1, Issue 5
From the A Team
Lissa McDonald and Stephanie Sumner
We'll See You Next Week
- No School on Monday, September 5- Labor Day
- First day of Preschool- Tuesday, September 6
- First all-school assembly- Friday, September 9
Reminders About Arrival and Dismissal
- We can do this safely!
Lost and Found
School Nurse Notes
- When to stay home
- School Picture Days- September 19 and 20
- Registration for SB Youth Football
- Join Cub Scout Pack 678
- @ RMCS
- @ South Burlington School District
From the A Team
It was a great first week!
We were inspired by the energy at Monday's Open House. It was so nice to be able to invite the community back into the building again. Thanks to those who were able to attend.
On Friday, September 9th at 8:30 am, we are having our first assembly of the year in the gymnasium. At the assembly, we will continue the tradition of 5th grade students welcoming their kindergarten bus buddies to Rick Marcotte Central School. It's a special event meant to demonstrate that everyone belongs at RMCS. This lays the foundation of what we value. At RMCS, everybody is somebody! Caregivers, family members, and parents of 5th graders and kindergarteners are welcome to attend. Later in the year, there will be an opportunity for adults of children in other grade levels to attend assemblies.
Speaking of 5th graders, do you know that part of their leadership responsibility at RMCS is to help Mrs. McD. with the announcements every morning? With Mr. Kolbenson, they raise the flags at the front of the school in the morning and lower them in the afternoon. During snack time, they visit classrooms with Mrs. McD. to recognize students celebrating birthdays. Don't worry. if your student's birthday is on a weekend, we make sure to visit their classroom on Friday. Brent Dooley and Allie Dooley from Miss Appleby's class were the first announcers of the year. Congratulations, Brent and Allie! You did a wonderful job and set a positive tone for the week. That's what leaders do!
Finally, we're very proud to announce that our K-5 students successfully evacuated the school building during our safety drill today. We practiced ringing the alarm and the entire school exited the building in just 3 minutes! By 4 minutes and 55 seconds, all classes were lined up on the soccer field, teachers had taken attendance, and we returned to the building to continue learning. All schools are required to practice safety drills monthly. We will keep you posted on our progress.
We hope everyone has a nice, long weekend. Don't forget, there's no school on Monday because it's a holiday. We can't wait to see our students again on Tuesday, September 6!
Reminders About Arrival and Dismissal
Safety at Dismissal
As always, we want all community members to be safe on the RMCS campus. It's important for everyone to wait for all buses to leave the parking lot BEFORE other cars pull up to drop off or pick up students. It is illegal to pass a parked bus with red blinking lights.
If you arrive to pick up and the buses are still in the circle, please park and wait in your car. I'm asking staff to keep the first two rows in the parking lot open for drivers at pick up. With this adjustment, more drivers will be able to fit into the lot and we think that will relieve the backup on Market Street.
Please do not park and walk through the parking lot to pick up your child. Once the buses have left, staff will direct cars into the traffic circle. To help speed up the process place your child’s name plate on your dashboard. Students will be called from their outdoor gathering spot when their car arrives in the circle.
Thank you for helping us make the pick up experience safe and smooth for teachers, students, and drivers alike.
School Nurse Notes
WHEN TO STAY HOME
Parents and caregivers often ask us when they should keep their student home for illness reasons and when they should send their student to school. In general, we encourage parents/caregivers to ask themselves, "Is my child ready to be a student today?" If their illness is preventing them from being a productive member of their class, then staying home is best. Also, please keep in mind that a sick child can spread illness to their classmates, so staying home is also important for others' health as well.
In an effort to help facilitate a healthy learning environment, please keep your child home when they are experiencing the following:
- Fever of 100.4 F or higher*
- Vomiting, nausea or diarrhea (currently or within previous 24 hours)
- Persistent sore throat*
- Red, itchy eye(s) with drainage
- Illness requiring antibiotics (treat for 24 hours before returning to school)
- Widespread (undetermined) rash
- Productive cough and frequent nose blowing
- Symptoms that impact school participation, such as:
- Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
- Headache, body aches, earache
- Pain from an injury
Keep your child home until their fever has been gone for 24 hours (one full school day), without the use of fever-reducing medication. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness.
A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Please notify the school nurse if your child’s throat culture is positive. Once your child has been on antibiotic treatment for twenty-four hours and does not have a fever, they may return to school.
You can find our illness procedures, COVID-19 testing recommendations, how to request/find a test kit, and guidance for close contacts on the SBSD COVID-19 page. Here is the link.
Please reach out with any questions.
Children learn their best when they are rested, feel well, and have eaten a healthy meal.
Registration is Still Open For SB Youth Football!
Do you have a child who is interested in football? The South Burlington Youth Football organization offers both flag for grades K-8 and tackle, with teams for both grades 5 & 6, and grades 7 & 8.
- The Jr. Wolves NFL Flag team will practice once a week (Wednesdays from 5:30-7 p.m.) at Farrell Park starting on Wednesday, September 7, with a focus on fundamentals, having fun, and learning the game. The Jr. Wolves will also have one game per week.
- The tackle option team practices four nights a week from 5:30-7 p.m.
Opportunities at Rick Marcotte Central School
RMCS is still hiring. Please contact us about joining our team if you qualify for these openings. Training will be provided for all new hires.
- Special Educator
- Interventionists - working 1:1 with students who have Individualized Education Plans
- Recess and Lunchroom Monitor
Opportunities in Nutritional Services
Are you currently searching for employment? Do you like working with children? Would you like to work the same schedule as your children while receiving full benefits and a generous starting wage ($17.85-23.10 per hour) Nutritional services has several open positions, either full time, 7 hours a day or part time 4.5 hours per day. No experience necessary. For more information or to apply please contact Rhonda Ketner, Director, Nutritional Services; firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Sumner, Assistant Principal & Lissa McDonald, Interim Principal
Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Rick Marcotte Central School, 200 Market Street, South Burlington, VT, USA