WEEKLY FAMILY FOCUS Nov 14, 2021
RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne
Maker Cart Celebration- Thanks to PTO and Hard Working 3rd Graders
NO BUS 21 This week...re routed.
Bus 21 is not available this week November 15th through November 19th due to a shortage of drivers. Students that ride bus 21 will ride bus 9 or bus 28 all week.
Students that will ride bus 28 all week: Indian Creek, 1225 Dorset Street (water tower TH & F), Golf Course Road, Fairway Drive, Dorset Heights, Hemlock Lane, Four Sisters Road, Hummingbird Lane, and Songbird Lane. Bus 21 students riding Bus 28 will be picked up 10 to 15 minutes later.
Students that will ride bus 9 all week: Brand Farm Drive, Lupine Lane, and Iris Lane. Bus 21 students riding Bus 9 will be picked up 10 minutes later.
Pickup and Drop off time may vary for students that ride bus 21, 9 and 28. Again, bus 21 students will be riding bus 9 or bus 28.
Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and support.
Nov.12th- Original Works order forms go home today, look for them in backpacks
Nov. 19th - Popcorn Day hosted by PTO
No. 19th - Final Day for RMCS Food drive donations
(see below for details)
Nov. 22nd & 23rd- Parent Teacher Conferences- NO SCHOOL
Nov. 24, 25, 26 Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL
Dec.4th- RMCS DAY at Barnes and Noble: 9am -9PM- shop on 12/4 and a % of sales will go to help RMCS fundraise. Just mention RMCS at checkout.
Dec. 11th- Author Event- Ashley Wolff is at SB Public Library at 11:00am (See below )
PTO MEETING DATES: PTO Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Barnes and Noble Book Fair will be on December 4th 9am-9pm at Barnes and Noble
Barnes and Noble Book Fair will be on December 4th 9am-9pm at Barnes and Noble. RMCS will get a percentage of the sales from that day from anyone who presents a RMCS Bookfair voucher or mentions RMCS book fair at checkout. The PTO will have a table set up at the B and N. We are asking volunteers to come sit at our table for an hour shift throughout the day to promote our fundraiser. Below, I have included a sign up genius link asking for volunteers.
The flyer to advertise the book fair along with vouchers that are to be used at checkout will be following soon. Stay tuned!
What an easy way to help raise funds for RMCS and spoil yourself or a loved one with the gift of reading! Please share this date and time widely with friends, neighbors, family members, colleagues who may be shopping at Barnes and Noble anyway. This is a WIN -WIN program. Please plan ahead and shop on December 4th!
School Nurse Notes
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children- Parent Information & Resources
- Zoom Conversations: COVID Vaccines for Children. Join discussions with members of the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. See dates and zoom links here.
- Articles from the American Academy of Pediatrics for Parents:
- Video for Children: How COVID Vaccines Work
But Why? Podcast for Curious Kids: Why is it a shot? Kids Questions about COVID Vaccine.
- Vermont Department of Health: Answers for Parents
- Make an Appointment: visit HERE. Children will receive 2 doses of the vaccine, given 3 weeks apart. A child will be fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the 2nd dose.
- Any families without internet access or who other would like assistance to make their appointment should contact the Health Department call center at (855) 722-7878, Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat and Sun 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- To speak with someone in a language other than English, dial the call center, and then press 1.
- People who are Deaf or hard of hearing can make a TTY call to this number by dialing 711 or 1-800-253-0195.
TEST TO STAY (TTS)
After hours of preparation, SBSD has TTS up and running. While there are wait times and other obstacles, we will continue to work out the kinks in order to get kids back in school. Thank you to those who signed up and who waited this week to enter the testing site at 577 Dorset Street. Please refer to David Young's newsletters and principal correspondences regarding TTS details. You may also click HERE to view some TTS Frequently Asked Questions.
Letter from Commissioner Levine and Secretary French on Vaccination for 5-11-year-olds
Please read and share this letter to Vermont parents from Department of Health Commissioner Mark Levine and Agency of Education Secretary Dan French. The letter notes that the best way to keep Vermont families safe and healthy and the best way to keep Vermont students in school is to make sure children age 5 and older are vaccinated against COVID-19. Additional information about vaccinations for this age group is available on the Health Department website.
American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter Schedules Additional Town Halls on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children
American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter Schedules Additional Town Halls on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children
The AAP Vermont Chapter is inviting Vermont families to join them for a conversation about COVID-19 vaccines for children from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. via Zoom on the below dates. Check the AAP website for updates as additional dates are scheduled.
Tuesday, November 16th with Josh Kantrowitz, M.D. ( St. Johnsbury) - Nov. 16 Zoom link
Monday, November 22nd with Colleen Moran, M.D. (Lamoille) - Nov. 22 Zoom link
Tuesday, November 30th with Alexandra Bannach, M.D. (Newport) - Nov. 30 Zoom link
Monday, December 6th with Monica Benjamin, M.D. (Middlebury) - Dec. 6 Zoom link
Wednesday, December 8th with Judy Orton, M.D. (Bennington) - Dec. 8 Zoom link
Monday, December 13th with Stanley Weinberger, M.D. (Burlington) - Dec. 13 Zoom link
Wednesday, December 15th with Sarah Weidhaas, M.D. (Springfield) - Dec. 15 Zoom link
Second graders worked collaboratively to solve domino challenges. They used their creativity, problem solving, fine motor and cooperative skills to build designs together. Can you make a row of dominos climb up and down stairs?
Welcome to Our New School Services Clinician in partnership with Howard Mental Health: Meet Miss Alyssa Cuddy
Hello everyone! Really looking forward to meeting/working with you all. My name is Alyssa Cuddy. I am the new School Services Clinician. I have a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Vermont. I have experience supporting children/adolescents to manage big feelings through the development of emotional regulation and distress tolerance skills. Besides my professional life, I have a small family made up of a fiancé and puppy. I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, and swimming! Please come by and knock on my door if you are in school, or call me at 652-7200.
RMCS 2021-2022 Yearbook NOW ON SALE!! $15.00 Each
Don't miss a single edition of the Rick Marcotte Central School Year book!
Order forms have been sent home, but if you would like purchase your yearbook online, please click here:
Then select Order My Yearbook to make your purchase and check out. Please put your child's teacher's name under 'Homeroom' All yearbooks are shipped to the school then delivered to your child's classroom the last week of school.
Any questions please contact Holly Young or Carrie Rice.
PBIS Equity Coach
This year, all three of our South Burlington elementary schools are using Ruthie Payno-Simmons as our PBiS Equity Coach. Dr. Payno-Simmons supports educators and policymakers in addressing issues associated with race, culture, power, and privilege as they center educational equity in their systems. Dr. Payno-Simmons’ experiences as a parent, researcher, teacher, teacher educator, principal, and district administrator contribute to her broad depth of knowledge and expertise in multiple areas. These areas include equity-oriented policies, culturally sustaining practices, multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS), positive behavior supports (PBIS), and implementing sustainable educational systems. Her focus is on access, representation, meaningful participation and high outcomes. Dr. Payno-Simmons is working with our PBiS coordinators, to support improvements in our PBiS systems.
TEST TO STAY in South Burlington Schools
Our district is excited to announce that we are beginnig the voluntary antigen Test to Stay (TTS) program. The TTS program is activated when an unvaccinated student or student(s) are identified as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19. The intention of the TTS program is to allow students that would otherwise be required to quarantine to remain in school. A detailed description of this program can be found on the Agency of Education Test to Stay website. More details on what testing day will look like are included below.
Test to Stay is only for unvaccinated students, who are asymptomatic (do not have symptoms), and who are close contacts of a positive case that they encountered at school. It replaces the need to quarantine and miss school days, but students are still expected to quarantine when at home, including on the weekends.
At this time, we do not have the test kits, but anticipate that happening soon. In the meantime, we would like to firm up parental consent and registration to ensure a smooth rollout.
Next Steps: Complete Both Forms Below
A student can only participate in Test to Stay if their parent/guardian has given consent. If you would like your child to participate in the response testing, including the antigen Test to Stay program, please complete the Consent Form as soon as possible.
Vermont will be using SimpleReport to report the results of antigen tests. This reporting system allows for parents/guardians to receive their student’s results instantly. Please register your student, including your contact information, using this registration link. Please Note: this self-registration link is not the same as giving consent. In order for your child to participate, you must complete both: the above Consent Form and the SimpleReport form.
How the Test to Stay Program works
If you have consented for your child to participate in the Test to Stay program you will receive a notification from your child’s school if they have been identified as a close contact of a positive case. In most cases, Test to Stay will start the next morning and your child will receive a rapid antigen test before the start of the school day. Daily antigen testing will continue until seven (7) school days after the last exposure. If the last day of testing falls on a weekend, then the school will do a final day of testing on Monday morning.
If your child tests negative, they may remain at school and participate in school-sponsored activities.
If your child tests positive, they will be considered positive for COVID-19 and will need to enter a period of isolation for 10 days.
If your child develops symptoms at any point, inform the school, seek a PCR test right away and keep your child at home and away from others.
Your child does not need to be tested on the weekends, but should quarantine, meaning they should not participate in other activities, go to the grocery store, or spend time with friends and others outside of their household.
It is important to note that this Test to Stay program is only for attendance at school or on-campus school-sponsored activities. Your child is expected to quarantine for all other activities, aside from medical appointments, until seven (7) days after last exposure. While participating in Test to Stay, your child may not attend school activities that involve students from other schools, such as sport or scholastic competitions.
During the entirety of this Test to Stay protocol, you or a designated person should be available to provide transportation to the testing location (577 Dorset Street, So. Burlington: across from the high school and next to the Fire Station).
You, or a designated person, will wait at 577 Dorset Street until the rapid test results come back (approximately 30 minutes).
If your child receives a positive antigen test result, they will need to be brought home from the testing site.
During your child’s quarantine:
You should watch for symptoms, even if mild, of cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, fatigue, muscle pain or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
Your child should not leave home, except to attend school, on-campus school-sponsored activities, or to get medical care.
You should call ahead before visiting a health care provider or emergency department with your child to notify them that your child is in quarantine.
While at home, your child should stay apart from other people in the household, especially anyone who is at increased risk of getting very sick, like people who are older or have certain health conditions. Other household members, including siblings attending school, do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms.
If at any point your child develops symptoms:
Do not send your child to school.
Call your child’s health care provider or make an appointment through the Vermont Department of Health to schedule a PCR test.
If your child is having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital.
If your child doesn’t have a provider, call 2-1-1 to be connected to a clinic in your area.
People with mild illness can treat their symptoms at home: help your child get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take fever-reducing medication if needed.
View this recorded Virtual Town Hall with a group of Vermont medical professionals and representation from the Agency of Education (it was held October 28 to help provide information and answer questions about the Test to Stay program).
If you have general questions about Test-to-Stay, please contact your school nurse directly.
Dec 11, 11:00 a.m., South Burlington Public Library, South Burlington VT
Ashley Wolff has been an artist since she declared herself one at the age of 5.
She grew up in Middlebury, Vermont and holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.
Ashley is the author and/or illustrator of over 70 children’s picture books including WILDFIRE!, How to Help a Pumpkin Grow, Compost Stew, Bear Sees Blue, Baby Beluga, and the Miss Bindergarten Series.
Every summer Ashley teaches writing, drawing and introduction to media in the Children’s Picture Book Writing & Illustration MFA and certificate programs at Hollins University.
One of Ashley’s favorite pastimes has been traveling to schools all over the US, speaking to children about finding, nourishing and using their passion and imagination to help them find their own paths to the future.
She lives and works beside a lake in Leicester, VT.
Volunteers needed for OUTSIDE only for Girls On the Run
Girls on the Run is returning this spring! Volunteer with Girls on the Run Vermont and give girls the opportunity to connect, build inner-confidence and learn how to navigate difficult situations. Our spring season begins the week of March 28. Over the course of 8 weeks, you will support and empower a small team of 3rd - 5th grade students. Our team will meet twice per week for 90 minutes to develop life skills, build positive relationships and have fun! (See attached flyer)
As a coach for Girls on the Run Vermont (GOTRVT), you will have all the tools you need to make a lasting impact. You'll have access to easy-to-follow lesson plans for a transformational season and support from GOTRVT. Visit gotrvt.org/coach to learn more or sign up to volunteer. Questions? Contact GOTRVT at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-871-5664.
RMCS has open positions for:
Interventionists- Full time - 4 positions available
Recess Supervisors (3 hours a day)
Substitute Teachers (2 full time floating sub, 5 days a week
Substitute Teachers- Flexible scheduling
Substititue Caller - 10 hours a week
Social Emotional Learning Coach- Full Time
Behavioral Facilitator- Full time
Assistant Principal - .60 FTE 1 Year Only through June 2022
Howard Center is also seeking an additional School Based Clinician to serve at RMCS- Full Time (to add to our current mental health partnership).
Please apply via SchoolSpring.com or call Kathleen Kilbourne for more information at 652-7201.
The COLD WEATHER IS HERE
THE COLD WEATHER IS HERE!
Being a VT parent takes on a whole new meaning in November! As the temperature starts to drop, we are in need of warmly dressed students for recess. Students can no longer wear shorts and short sleeves outside. Please be sure your child is equipped with VT winter gear – snowpants, boots, hats, mittens and a warm coat. Our students go outside every day, except if the wind chill or temperature is below 0 degrees. There is not an indoor recess option. If students are too sick to go outside for recess, then please consider an early pick up. Use a permanent marker to write your child’s name on EVERYTHING. Many times, students have the same kinds of boots, coats and snowpants, and it gets confusing in the cubby areas! You can support the reduction in winter gear loss by practicing at home. Teach your child to put their mittens in their hat, and their hat in the sleeve of their coat. Make it fun by having timed practices to see how fast they can get their snowpants on, coats on and zipped, everything off and hung up on a hook…who can do this faster, you or your child?
BERLIN FALL SCHOLASTIC CHESS TOURNAMENT
Open to all abilities for kids in grades K through 12. Full details at:
Daily Health Screening - Ruvna App
Families are required to complete the daily health screening questions about your child's health status through an email or text using 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!