EMS Newsletter

September 11, 2020

Dear EMS Families,

I need to enthusiastically thank all EMS students and families for a great first week. Adjustments were made as the week progressed. The entire building has been calm and focused all week. It is so good to hear student voices, classroom discussions, and lots of laughter in the building.

Families who have chosen to be fully remote: Amanda Gustafson and Mark Nigolian are working with remote students who receive EL services. Alanna Gaylord (agaylord@bsdvt.org ) is the teacher who will be working with all other fully remote students. She will be contacting all students by Monday. EMS staff are creating content that will be accessible to all students regardless of whether they are hybrid or remote. The content area teachers will also be assessing student work. Alanna will be contacting students to help them navigate the content remotely. Alanna will also be the primary contact person if students need assistance, because the other teachers will be working with students in the classroom. We encourage all students to follow the school schedule of their pod/classroom for the sake of structure and consistency. In addition, all students should have been invited to join the classroom's Community Time so that all students realize that they are part of our community.

Electives: If you have not received information regarding electives (band, algebra, chorus, orchestra, WritLit, and foreign language), you will receive information next week. The electives will be conducted remotely.

Fall sports: Today is the deadline for fall sports registration. We have been reminding students during the school day. If you have any questions, the EMS athletic director TK Willetts would be happy to help. (twillett@bsdvt.org )

Screening: We realize that there have been some glitches with respect to the online screening process. So we have adapted, and we have become very efficient at screening students and taking temperatures at school. Thank you for your patience as we navigate new systems.

Thank you, again, for the opportunity to serve you and your children. This week, we were able to help students understand all the new systems regarding masks, physical distancing, and washing hands. It has been a very, very good week. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Thank you,
James Kiefer

Hello from the Health Office!

My name is Becca McCray and for those of you who don’t know, I am the school nurse! The 2020-21 school year is off to a good start despite the new learning curve we are all experiencing with the new ways of doing things because of COVID!

For those of you who haven’t completed your Annual Student Update through the parent portal, please do so. This form gives us valuable information about whom to contact in case your child is sick or has an accident here at school. It also allows you to select whether or not you’d like me to administer Tylenol or Advil to your child in case of a bad headache or an unexpected injury. Please complete all these documents and electronically sign them as soon as possible. If you are having difficulty doing so, please contact our main office.

Secondly, if you have a child with a prescribed asthma inhaler or EPI Pen, please be sure that it comes to school. These emergency inhalers and EPI Pens are necessary for keeping your child safe in school and especially on field trips! Keep in mind that asthma action plans are reviewed and updated by primary care providers and you may need to make an appointment before an action plan is presented to the school. If you have any questions or concerns please call or email me at 802-864-8486 x3 or rmccray@bsdvt.org.

Thank you! Happy Health to you all!

Becca McCray, MSN MA RN NCSN

Edmunds Middle School Nurse

Phone: 864-8486 x3

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Virtual Leadership Training for Students

Hello Students and Parents!

Hope your school year is off to a great start! I am very excited for what we at Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community have planned for students this year. Normally, this time of year would be spent organizing meetings for our Above the Influence high school group and BE Above middle school groups but thanks to COVID19 things have changed in many ways. Instead of meeting weekly with students, we have developed a series of virtual leadership trainings for students to participate in.

These trainings will be led by both national guest speakers and community members around topics related to youth advocacy. We will also provide additional opportunities in this series for students to learn more about themselves as well as physically distanced social gatherings every month. Weather permitting, we hope to use these distanced social gatherings to give students an opportunity to form bonds and share self care tips for coping during these challenging times.

I have attached the registration packet as well as a flyer for this series. I would greatly appreciate any help with recruiting students for this amazing opportunity! The sign up can be found right on our website.

Thank you!

Reagan Murphy (she/her)

Youth Programming Coordinator - Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community

Office phone: (802) 652-0997

Cell phone: (603) 723-6651

E-mail: reagan@burlingtonpartnership.org

Address: Chace Mill, Suite 310, 1 Mill Street, Burlington


King Street Center Openings

Hello Families,

We are happy to announce that we have childcare openings at King Street Center! Please take a look at the message below from Vicky Smith, Executive Director, and pass along any families who may be looking for childcare.


Thank you!

Deena Murphy, Education Director, Tutoring and Enrichment Programs


King Street Center

Where kids and opportunity meet

802-862-6736 ext. 114


Girls Lacrosse Opportunity

Hello Burlington Families,

This is Bill Carter of Burlington Youth Lacrosse and dad to EES and EMS students.

I'm excited to tell you about a great opportunity for Burlington's girls to get outside and play at a 4-week girls lacrosse clinic beginning September 20 at 1pm at Starr Farm Park. Here are the basics:

  • Dates are Sundays 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, and 10/11 from 1pm-2:30pm at Starr Farm Park.
  • The participation fee of $50 includes all four sessions! Proceeds will support the Burlington High School Girls Lacrosse Team. We want EVERYONE to play, so please email us if a registrant needs us to waive a participation fee.
  • Sessions will be coached by Erin Malone (Burlington High School Head Coach), Lauren Gulka and Bill Carter (Burlington Youth Lacrosses Coaches), and members of the Burlington High School Girls Lacrosse Team.
  • All players are required to bring and use their own equipment which includes: lacrosse stick, goggles, mouthguard, water bottle and COVID-19 face covering.
  • COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including: wearing of face coverings by players and coaches, social distancing, and use of hand sanitizer. There are no bathroom facilities at Starr Farm Park.

We have limited space and expect it to run out fast, so interested kids/parents should please register here ASAP or at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/girls-lacrosse-fall-clinic-registration-119689930805

If you have questions, please contact me. Stay safe and healthy!