WEEKLY FAMILY FOCUS FEB 12, 2021
RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne
DATES OF IMPORTANCE- MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Feb 13th- FREE FOOD FOR ALL 10am -Noon at Vibrant Church "Truck to Trunk"- Open to ALL
Feb. 18th BLM Flag is raised at RMCS for the first time. It will fly year round. (see below)
Feb. 22nd- March 3rd Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)
March 3,4,5 will now be PK-5- in school on all three days (no remote time that week)
MS/HS - 3rd will be a gray pack day, 4th and 5th will be gray pack days.
April 1st and 2nd will be half days
FREE FOOD FOR ALL- TRUCK TO TRUNK- SAT 2/13 from 10 am to NOON
Free Food, Saturday, February 13th 10 AM - 12 PM. Drive to Vibrant Church on Williston Road and they will put boxes of food from the USDA into your trunk! This is free and open to anyone!
The health department discourages non-essential travel, even within Vermont. PLEASE ALERT THE SCHOOL OF YOUR PLANS if you plan to travel outside of Vermont for leisure (whatever the mode: train, plane, car, bus or other transportation means), and please include the date your student will return to Vermont.
Quarantining is required for 14 days in Vermont when you return. This includes day trips. Your day of return will be considered DAY 0; the next day will be considered DAY 1. Your student may return after DAY 14.
The exemption to quarantine only applies to essential travel. Please see this link for more details.
For more travel and quarantine information, click here.
Help to keep our COVID rates low and our school attendance HIGH!
South Burlington Youth Baseball & Softball
South Burlington Youth Baseball & Softball has been providing a safe, healthy way for kids to make friends and stay active for 40 years.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for ages 5 to 12, best of all T-Ball is now being offered free of charge!
Sign up today at www.sbybs.com
- Scholarships available for all league ages
- State and local safety and social distancing recommendations are strictly enforced
- Your child will improve their game and learn important life skills
Reading by the Calm Firelight in Mrs.Belilsle's 2nd Grade
New Creative Arts Rotations begin Feb 15th
Raising the Black Lives Matter Flag at RMCS
While the Black Lives Matter flag has been raised at SBHS during the month of February since 2018, the proposal to fly the flag year-round at all five of the District’s schools was presented to the South Burlington School Board back on December 16, 2020 by high school students who are members of the Student Justice Union. A recent additional proposal to fly the BLM Flag year round at all five schools was unanimously approved by the board at their January 6, 2021 meeting, where members also heard compelling testimony from middle school students who are involved with SOAR (Students Organizing Against Racism).
Superintendent David Young added, "We are grateful for the incredible leadership demonstrated by our students and staff to raise awareness around racial inequality and for the support we've received from our school board. We see the raising of the Black Lives Matter flag as a visible commitment to our students of color. It is also a powerful symbol of our work to dismantle structural racism, which is an important part of our democratic mission in public schools. We look forward to the courageous conversations about race that will continue to take place in our school community. We want the raising of the flag to be the start, not the end, of better conversations about racial justice in our school community."
Flying the flag year-round at all of our schools serves as part of a wider District initiative indicating support of and solidarity with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students, staff, and community. Our intentions around this action include:
· That this becomes a symbol of our school's pledge to fight racism and racist acts
· For students of color, demonstrates our school's commitment to their well-being
· Shows that we denounce any form of racism and discrimination of our BIPOC students
· Communicates our pledge toward being an anti-racist school
· That talking about social justice is part of our democratic mission as a public school
· Raising the flag is the start, not the end, of conversations about racial justice
This week, the flag was raised at the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School. Before the February break, flags will be raised at Orchard and Rick Marcotte Central School. At RMCS, Feb. 18th is the date when we will raise the Black Lives Matter flag. This event will involve our 5th grade leaders and will be viewed by classes online. We will follow COVID guidelines with masks and social distancing, and this event will not be open to the public. In preparation, we will continue our focus on anti-racism during our class morning meetings and with restorative circles with fifth graders. This week Ms.Kilbourne will host circles with all three 5th grade classes to discuss "The 5 Love Languages" as we learn to share similarities and difference about ourselves. This will be followed Ms.Kilbourne and Lisa Bedinger, the Director of the Social Justice Center in SB, facilitating circles with our fifth grade students as well to begin conversations about the BLM flag raising that will be designed with fifth grader input. There will be continued conversations and work done in classrooms as we promote social justice year round. As families, here are a couple of articles that might be helpful as you have your own conversations about race and racism at home.
SPREAD THE LOVE TO OUR COMMUNITY
RMCS fifth graders completed our annual "spread love to the community" project today! Students assembled 95 snack bags for the Ronald McDonald House and Anew Place including pre-packaged food items and drinks. They also assembled 45 toiletry bags for Anew Place including various items such as a toothbrush, deodorant, hand sanitizer, etc. Each bag contains an additional heart with an uplifting note of kindness handwritten by a fifth grader! Students enjoyed being a part of this community outreach project in celebration of Valentine's Day.
BUDGET AND SCHOOL BOARD UPDATES from Superintendent Young
A change to the number of equalized pupils from 17 to 9 and an increase in the yield means that the tax rate we were required to warn in the budget book will change from a decrease of 4.15 percent to a decrease of 9.68 percent. This is a result of increased revenues at the state level. More information on this change will be forthcoming. Keep your eyes open for detailed ads in The Other Paper, information on the budget section of the District website, and Front Porch Forum.
Please note that this year, due to COVID restrictions, there will not be an in-person pre-town meeting day budget presentation, but rather a virtual meeting held via Zoom on March 1 at 7:00 pm. You can find the link to the virtual public hearing as well as the City’s annual meeting warning here. If you have questions about the budget or articles, please feel free to contact school board members or myself.
Ballots and Voting
This year, ballots will be mailed to all registered voters. According to City Clerk Donna Kinville, they should be in the mail February 10 and hopefully in mailboxes around February 12. There will be return postage affixed to the envelopes. The ballots can be brought to the polls, left in the City Hall night drop box before midnight March 1, or received in the mail no later than 4:00 pm on March 2. Residents can also vote in person at all regular polling locations from 7:00 am-7:00 pm Town Meeting Day March 2.
Candidate Forums Coming up on Channel 17
Five candidates will be on the ballot in March for two open board seats. You can get to know the three individuals running for the 2-year term Monday, Feb 15th at 5:30 pm via Channel 17's YouTube. The candidate forum for the 3-year term has been tentatively scheduled for February 15 at 6:30 pm.
Farm to School with Common Roots
Hello South Burlington Families, Teachers, and Friends!
Common Roots is making great progress on our new Farm to School educational video series and want to make sure you all have the latest resources. Our first three episodes are available to view for free and are accompanied by curriculums packed with fun projects and recipes to explore at home. See the descriptions of each lesson and links to our content. We hope you will view these videos. If you like them, feel free to forward to anyone else who may benefit. Enjoy!
Most Vermonters can tell you a story or two about the wonderful apple harvest traditions they have experienced. In this lesson we take a sensory walk through an apple orchard to learn about the hard work apple orchardists do each year to create a bountiful harvest in the fall. We explore the health and wellness benefits apples provide our bodies while we learn some of the best ways to get a big serving of Vitamin V for vitality. After that we take a trip through history and figure out how apples started to grow all across the United States. Finally, in our Digging Deeper section of this lesson we focus on reciprocity and consider how we might give back to our community during the fall harvest time.
With gratitude for the Abenaki agricultural traditions our second episode about squash celebrates the gifts of today and yesterday. Journey with Farmer Fae into the fall harvest on the farm, discover the Seven Sisters, and enjoy a culinary lesson with Abenaki Chef Jesse and our own Chef Zack.
Learn how to carry on the tradition of seed saving and be surprised to learn that familiar squashes on our dinner table have been tended by the Abenaki for ten thousand years. Curriculum wellness support written for ages 4-7, 8-12, teen to adult, prenatal, and elders is available and invites you on a deeper journey into how to cultivate a community that caretakes our soil and ourselves.
Restoring Ourselves, Our Soil, and Sprouting Microgreens scratches the surface of soil, the heart of our continuing food journey through the year. Winter’s hush across the landscape inspires restorative immune support practices boosted by the amazing benefits of microgreens, holders of sunshine and deep nutrition. Follow along using our demos on composting food waste with earthworms, sprouting and making microgreen confetti recipes, and microgreen yoga.
Our accompanying wellness curriculum for ages 4-7, 8-12, teen to adult, pre-natal, and elders includes “Soil Hero” instructions for worm farms, microgreen kits for the Food Shelf, and desktop composting in repurposed soda bottles. Older Soil Heroes are encouraged to dig deeper into the soil microbiome, soil-less growing, and examine fashion industry practices that exploit rather than restore soil, water, and human resources.
Look for Episode #4: Cabbage & Fermentation, coming right up.
Nourish to Flourish!
Common Roots, Farm to School Educator
PS. If you know educators, community leaders or health coaches who may be interested in receiving our film episodes and curriculum, please email: Lauren@commonroots.org
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)