FAMILY FRIDAY FOCUS OCT 23, 2020

RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

DATES OF IMPORTANCE- MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Week of Oct 26th: ALL students in Grades PRE K- 5 return 4 days a week

Attending in person 26, 27, 29, 30 (28th is a remote learning day)

Nov 3rd- Teacher Inservice (school in session Nov 2,4,5,and 6 that week for a 4 day week)

Nov 5th- Picture Retake Day at RMCS

Nov 23/24 -Parent Conferences (conducted on Zoom)

Nov 25, 26, 27 Thanksgiving break - NO SCHOOL

RMCS SPIRIT WEAR ORDER FORMS

"Fall 2020 RMCS Spiritwear is here! Order items from https://rmcsfall2020.itemorder.com by Sunday, November 8th. Items are scheduled to be ready by the first week of December for pickup at the store or to be shipped. A portion of the proceeds will go to the RMCS PTO."

Return of ALL students PRE K- Grade 5 on Oct 26th

Please be aware that Monday is the first day with all Pre K - 5 students returning to school for 4 days a week.

For drop off: Busses will arrive at 7:50- 8:10

Parent cars, walkers, bikers arrive 8:10- 8:30

PRE K and K students get dropped off in the smaller parking lot closer to school

Gr 1-5 get dropped off curbside in the larger parking lot, after ALL busses have left.

Please DO NOT arrive prior to 8:10, as it blocks the path of busses

Please stay in your vehicle, only students should be exiting the cars.

For pick up: Bussers are dismissed at 2:20- 2:30

Parent pick up (cars, bikes, walkers) begins at 2:35, after ALL busses have left

Please DO NOT arrive prior to 2:35 as it will block the path of busses exiting.

PRE K and K in the smaller curbside circle closest to school

Gr 1 -5 in the larger parking lot curbside, pulling all the way up when directed.

Please stay in your vehicle, only students will be walking on the sidewalk/curbside.


Please be aware that this will likely take a bit longer, as we are adding another 100 students to our current routines. We must ensure all students are on the correct bus and in their assigned seats before the busses leave. We thank you for your patience as we adjust our routines, and continue to maintain the safety of staff and students.

OUR FANTASTIC RMCS KINDERGARDEN TEAM, STUDYING INSECTS AND BUTTERFLIES

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FAMILY CONVERSATION WITH JOELLE VANLENT

For four years, we have been working with Joelle VanLent, a clinical psychologist, on how to foster resilient learners in our district. Joelle has supported our work in social emotional learning, including self-regulation, and trauma informed practices. Each of our elementary schools has staff that have been trained by Joelle in resiliency strategies, and these "trainers" support other staff members in our schools. We know this is a very stressful time for families as well, and Joelle is able to create a tailored video to support our South Burlington elementary families. Instead of a live question and answer, we thought it would be best to get your questions and then record Joelle answering them so you could access the presentation for whenever it works for your schedule. If you would like to share your thoughts and questions, please feel free to complete whatever parts of the attached questionnaire that you would like.

Also, here is a great article on building resilient children during a pandemic from Joelle.

Health Information from our school nurses

Information for Families: Return to School Following Illness

Thank you to everyone for helping our school stay healthy by adhering to The Return to School Following Illness Guidance from the Vermont Department of Health. I recognize it can be challenging for families and it is a shift for me as well.

Here are the links to the information in multiple languages:




For Families: Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Following Illness

English

English



For Families: Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Following Illness

Arabic

العربية



For Families: Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Following Illness

Burmese

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For Families: Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Following Illness

Chinese

中文



For Families: Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Following Illness

French

Français



For Families: Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Following Illness

Karen

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For Families: Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Following Illness

Kirundi

Kirundi



For Families: Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Following Illness

Nepali

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For Families: Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Following Illnes

Somali

Soomaali



For Families: Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Following Illness

Spanish

Español



For Families: Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Following Illness

Swahili

Swahili



For Families: Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Following Illness

Vietnamese

Tiếng Việt



National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is tomorrow, Saturday, October 24th.



This twice-yearly event provides a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Local drop off spots are at the University Mall or anytime at the S.B. Police Dept; find other locations by scrolling to the bottom of the page here.




Halloween and COVID

Being safe during Halloween: the Health Department reminds us that when trick-or-treating or making plans, lower the risk of getting COVID by maintaining:


SIX-FOOT SPACES, MASKS ON FACES & UNCROWDED PLACES

The CDC outlines low, medium and higher risk activities to review when considering Halloween festivities. See the recommendations here.



It's Still Tick Season!

Check your body for ticks after being outdoors.

Check out the CDC website for: tick identification, prevention, removal, symptoms.





This fall and winter, flu viruses and COVID-19 may both spread.

Get your flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones.

DESIGN A PRINCIPAL- YOUR INPUT MATTERS!




Please click the link below to add your input:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzPmGRBR_rCcP9DYMGy788mcNgYdR5avGs7jqg-oLLM_gB8A/viewform


As a way of best serving the community of South Burlington, I am asking all stakeholders (Parents, Students, Staff, Board, and Community Members) to select the top five important qualities they want displayed by the new administrator at Rick Marcotte Central School. This information will be collected now through Oct 30th. In a November "Family Friday Focus" we will share back the top five most selected characteristics. In February, this list will go out again to gain feedback on how well the top prioritize characteristics are being met and implemented. This will help me to make adjustments if necessary for the remaining part of the school year. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share what is important to you and your family!

You will see the SAME QUESTION 5 TIMES. Please choose one trait per question, for a total of 5 attributes. The last question asks your relationship to RMCS, but NOT for your name.

TRAVEL- CHECK THE MAP FIRST TO SEE WHAT COLOR YOUR DESTINATION IS!

Please remember that if you are travelling out of state, you need to follow the state guidelines about travel and quarantine if you go to a yellow or red county on the cross state travel map. The map is updated every Tuesday. If you are travelling out of state, please contact Nurse Cannon or the Main Office at 802 652 7200 so we can help guide you through next steps to keep your family and all of our RMCS families safe.

Common Roots, Farm to School

Hello South Burlington Families and Friends!

My name is Lauren Jones and I am so excited to be a part of the Farm to School program sponsored by Common Roots. In October, we are focusing on sweet potatoes and garlic and how these two amazing foods help us go, glow, and give our immune systems a big boost of strength to keep us healthy during the fall and winter months.

Our Common Roots team got creative while making our very own compostable Mr. Potato Heads. We also tasted a delicious, garlicky sweet potato mash. Here is the recipe so you can try it at home!

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes

1 medium white potato, or sub another sweet potato

2 cloves garlic, minced

2-3 Tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Rinse potatoes to clean off any dirt from the skin. Dice into 1-in cubes and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to evenly coat.
  4. Roast potatoes in the oven for about 30-40 min, or until soft and lightly browned, stirring halfway through.
  5. Once potatoes are cooked, remove from the oven and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  6. Add minced garlic and toss with roasted potatoes.
  7. Mash by hand with a potato masher or the back of a fork, until you reach desired consistency. If you have a stand mixer or food processor, you can use these as well.
  8. Serve alongside your favorite protein and green vegetable for a nutritious meal!

Be sure to check out the Common Roots blog for the first episode of our video series.

Come visit our Farmstand at South Village - there are lots of things to see and explore if you are looking for a weekend adventure!

During October the Farmstand is open Tuesday thru Saturday 9 - 6.

Come select a pumpkin with your child and support Farm to School.

Till next month, Nourish to Flourish

Lauren Jones, Farm to School Educator for Common Roots

MARY STREET CLOSED TO RMCS

Please be advised, that effective 10/15/20 we are no longer able to use the Mary Street entrance to gain access to the RMCS parking lot or drop off circles. Please use the main entrance off Market Street, and then drive to the smaller loop for PRE K/K drop off, and the larger curbside drop off for grades 1-5. This is also true for dismissal times. This is for all families, staff/faculty, and community members.