WEEKLY FAMILY FOCUS Sept. 4, 2021

RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

ADD YOUR CONTACT INFO TO THE PTO FAMILY DIRECTORY

The RMCS PTO publishes a family directory each year - free of charge. The directory is used for families to contact other parents, make play date plans, send birthday party invites, etc. If you would like to be included, please fill out our online form or the paper copy today. Information is due OCTOBER 1st.

Update from our Lunch Program

Although complete meals of breakfast and lunch are free, milk is NOT free for students who need milk for their home lunch. The cost of milk is 50 cents per carton 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.

What Does Homework Look Like For Elementary Students?

Our district has the following guidelines for homework:

Kindergarten through Grade 2:

● Reading with a “Just Right”* Book will be expected each evening.

● No other homework will be required.

Grade 3:

  • Reading with a “Just Right” Book will be expected each evening.

  • Homework will be optional for teachers/school though it will focus upon personalized learning, not on weekly routine work.

Grades 4 & 5:

  • Reading with a “Just Right” Book will be expected each evening.

  • Homework Assignments will focus upon Project-Based Learning and use Vermont’s Transferable Skills as a guide for student independent work.

  • Independent & Collaborative Projects will also put an emphasis on Organizational Skills. ● Homework assignments will focus upon personalized learning, it will not be weekly routine work.

Important Dates to Note:

Monday, September 6th - No School, Labor Day

Tuesday September 14th- PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm

Friday, September 24th - 12:30 Dismissal, Staff PD


Wed. Oct 6th - RMCS Picture Day


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

9/14- 6:30 under the tent outside at RMCS

10/12-6:30 under the tent outside at RMCS

11/9 -Zoom (too cold outside)

NO Dec meeting

1/11/22

2/8/22

3/8/22

4/12/22

5/10/22

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Does Your Child Need A Backpack?

If your child needs a backpack, please let us know! We have had a wonderful donation from TCC South Burlington, a Verizon authorized retailer on Dorset Street of several backpacks. Please call the main office at 652-7200 to make a request. They are available on a FCFS basis. Thank you to TCC, who are one of our supportive community businesses.

Snacks and Birthdays

There are no community snacks or birthday snacks in our school. Students are asked to bring in a daily snack and to follow any allergy guidelines that you received from Nurse Cannon and the classroom teacher. We do not share snack or lunch items.

Safe Use of Technology

Students are reviewing expectations on how to use technology in our district! In grades 2-5, each child has a chromebook that they use at school for learning. In the event that we have to quarantine a class/grade level, chromebooks will come home (with grades 2- 5) so students can access their learning online. Please view the SBSD Elementary Chromebook Responsibility Agreement below and have a conversation with your child about using technology safely and responsibly - and feel free to use the same expectations on devices at home.

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A Grade 5 to K Tradition: The RMCS Carnation Ceremony

In Sept. each 5th grader welcomes a new K student by giving them a carnation and wishing them a great school year!

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In June each K student will give each 5th grader a carnation to wish them well at the middleschool!

NURSE UPDATES AND COVID INFORMATION

Kids and Delta:

UVM Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensivist, Rebecca Bell, MD talks about kids back in school. She suggests preparing for this school year by:


  • Stocking up on masks
  • Having a back-up plan for sick days
  • Be prepared for changing guidance
  • Look to your child's medical provider for guidance


See the full article here.

Illness Reminders:

Please fill out the Ruvna app each school morning and reference this form for any symptoms your student may be experiencing:
COVID-19 Information for Families Return to School Following Illness.*

*Please click here for translations and scroll to the "return to school following illness" heading.


Travel to Canada:

​Students must follow the after travel to Canada guidance outlined by the CDC. Please note the guidance indicates that unvaccinated individuals get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel (even if the test is negative). Vaccinated people test 3-5 days after travel. Visit the health department's travel page for more information.


Masks and Clothes:

Please consider sending in 2 EXTRA MASKS in your student's backpack and an extra pair of clothes!

Girl Scout Info for Kindergarteners

Cub Scout Info for SB- FALL 2021

VT PBS Kids and Education Resource

Vermont Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and the Agency of Education (AOE) continue their

partnership to support learning for Vermont students and school communities heading into the new school year. This partnership provides access to free educational programming, curricular connections, offline kits, and distance learning tutorials through Vermont PBS Kids and Education. The Broadcast Schedule can be found online, continuing through the fall for in classroom or take home enrichment.

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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The Gr.2 Team all read "BEAUTIFUL OOPS", and learned that it is ok to mistakes; we learn from them!

Meet the RMCS STAFF as they introduce themselves via FLIPGRID (Video)

We know that we are not able to start the year with the traditional Tours, Open House, or Curriculum Nights as we had hoped for due to maintaining the safety and wellbeing for all our students, staff, and families. However, we recognize the need for parents and families to have an introduction to what their teachers look like and sound like. Please click below, enter the password, and then simply click on the staff member you would like to "meet". We hope this provides some comfort and takes away the mystery of who will my child be learning with this school year.


Click Meet RMCS Staff Flipgrid- VIdeo and audio introduction from each staff member


Click Join with your guest password and enter: RMCS2021

RMCS HIRING- Current Open Positions

RMCS has open positions for:


Paraeducator for Math - Full time

Interventionists- Full time

Recess and Lunch Supervisors (3 hours a day)

Sub Caller (10 hours a week from home)

Substitute Teachers (1 full time floating sub, 5 days a week)

Substitute Teachers- Flexible scheduling


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

Register Your Student for the Upcoming School Year- REQUIRED

Annual Registration for all returning students is open in PowerSchool. We ask all parents verify the registration of their student(s) for the 2021-2022 school year. To access the PowerSchool Parent Portal:
  • Click on the big "P" icon in the blue ribbon on the top of the RMCS webpage.
  • If you have forgotten your Username or need a password reset, please contact Mrs. Dattilio or Ms.Sanford at 652-7200 .
  • If more than one student is linked to the portal account, choose the appropriate student at the top left corner
  • Choose the Forms link from the left navigation bar
  • Under the Annual Student Update category, click “Update A. Getting Started: Annual Student Update 2021-2022” to begin completing the forms packet

The Registration website (www.sbschools.net/register) has helpful, translatable, information for parents/guardians. Instructions to register their students, lists of required documents, and guides to creating parent portal accounts and linking student(s) can be found there.

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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