Rutland Town School's Weekly Update

Week of February 13, 2023

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Mrs. Zaengle's T.A.

Voting Signs for Lawns Available

Rutland Town community members may pick up a lawn sign to help promote voting on the School's Budget.

Please pick up a sign by the Main Entrance or Gym Entrance and return it after March 7th.

Thank you.

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Voting Reminders from Kari Clark, Town Clerk

Town Meeting is scheduled for March 6th, 2023 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the Rutland Town School’s cafeteria. There will only be one election in 2023. Polls are open 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 7th.

Absentee ballots are available by calling the Town Clerk’s Office at 802-773-2528.

If you are a new voter in Rutland Town and wish to sign up, you may come to the Town Office to fill out paperwork or register online at or register when you renew your license at DMV.

Kari Clark, Clerk and Treasurer

Art Teacher Needed

Rutland Town School is looking for a full time art teacher beginning 7-1-2023. Please apply on SchoolSpring

Thank you.

Middle School Lacrosse Coach Needed

Rutland Town School is looking for a middle school girls Lacrosse Coach. If interested, please apply,

Paraeducators Needed

GRCSU is looking to hire paraeducators,

Meet Our New Assistant Principal

Mike Lamarre will join the Rutland Town School as the Assistant Principal beginning July 1, 2023! Mike grew up in Pike, New Hampshire and earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and English (literature) from Keene State College in Keene, NH and will soon have a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Castleton University.

Please see the attachment of Mike Lamarre.

Calypso Connections at Rutland Town School

The Rutland Town School Friends Music Department is excited to announce that RTS will be having Calypso Connections, under the direction of Jennifer Cohen, conduct a residency with K-8th grade students at RTS from March 20-31. The residency will feature playing on steel drums and will take place over the course of two weeks during music classes. Students will learn about the steel drum and its history, they will learn about steel drum music, they will learn how to play the steel drums, and they will learn how to play together in an ensemble to make great music!

We are planning on having a culminating performance on Thursday, March 30 for parents and the community to enjoy. More details to follow. We hope to see you there and we are excited to welcome Jennifer Cohen to teach us all about the steel drums!

Tapestry Update

As you are all aware, we have had difficulty this year in working with Tapestry in securing an after-school program at RTS. Marie Gilmond, Tapestry program coordinator, has done an admirable job in trying to secure staffing for this program over the course of this year, but has not had much success. We have decided to end our partnership with Tapestry at the end of this current school year. Over the remainder of this school year, we will be exploring different ways in which we can provide after-school programming for our students for the 2023-2024 school year at RTS.

Volunteers Needed

We can always use additional volunteers from our school community. Please touch base with your child's teacher for a time to be in the classroom, teach a "Four Winds" lesson, help with a lesson, or assist with the PTO. We feel the more you know and the more you are involved, the more our children will benefit. We are always looking for volunteers, especially during lunch and recess times 10:30 A.M.-1:17 P.M.

Please contacft Kristine McGuiness at the GRCSU central office if you want to volunteer and/or chaperone field trips at , 802-775-4342, ext. 2101.

Kids First Community Homework Folders

Please know that Rutland Town School has no affiliation with this company and haven't given permission for any solitation for any of our community businesses.

Thank you.

Upcoming Events

February 20th-24th

Winter Break

March 3rd

M.S. District Festival #2, 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Snow date is March 4th.

March 6th

Town Meeting, 7:00 P.M. in the cafeteria.

March 7th

Town Meeting Voting, 7:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M. in the gym

Friends of Music Meeting, 7:00 P.M. in the Band room

March 9th

GRCSU Strategic Plan Meeting, 5:00-7:00 P.M. at West Rutland School

March 13th

School Board Reorganization Meeting, 6:00 P.M.

March 14th

PTO Meeting, 6:30 P.M. in the Library

March 17th

No School for Students: In-Service for Faculty

March 23rd

Supermarket Bingo in the gym. Doors open at 5:30 P.M. and Bingo begins at 6:00 P.M. Sponsored by RTS PTO.

March 31st

Jazz Bistro (Friends of Music), 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. in the gym.

April 4th

Friends of Music Mtg., 7:00 P.M. in the Band room.

April 6th

Early Release for Students. Dismissed at 11:45 A.M.

Parent/Teacher Conferences, more information will be forthcoming.

April 7th

Early Release for STudents. Dismissed at 11:45 A.M.

Parent/Teacher Conferences, more information will be forthcoming

April 14th

Early Release Day. Dismissal at 11:45 A.M.

April 17th-21st

Spring Break

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Mrs. Norton's 2nd Grade Class on 100's Day

Lost and Found Items

Lost and Found items are located on the table outside of our cafeteria. Please write your child's name on all their belongings. Thank you.

Signs and Symptoms to Keep/Send Children Home

§ Temperature over 100 degrees F

§ Uncontrolled cough or difficulty breathing

§ Vomiting twice within 24 hours: persistent diarrhea

§ Severe headache, especially with a fever

§ Red eyes with dark/colored or "crusty discharge: discolored nasal discharge

§ Severe ear pain

§ The presence of a skin rash, especially with other symptoms

§ Sore throat more than 48 hours, especially if accompanied with fever

§ Inability to pay attention and participate in school due to acute psychological or physical issues.

Please do not send your child to school sick. Children who attend school are expected to participate in school fully, including recess and PE. This is challenging if they are not feeling well. Giving your child rest and increased fluids for 24 hours will help them get better. If their symptoms improve and they are well enough to participate in school fully they may return to school.

If your child has Covid-19 symptoms or test positive for covid-19 please follow the Vermont Department of health guidelines. Covid-19 Guidelines

GRCSU Strategic Plan

GRCSU Strategic Plan

All staff members, parents/guardians, and community members are encouraged to complete the GRCSU Community Engagement Survey. The information collected will be highly useful to members of the Design Team as we better understand the strengths and areas for improvement within the GRCSU, its member schools, and in our communities. The survey can be found here.

In addition, the GRCSU would like to personally invite all staff members, parents/guardians, families, students, as well as any interested community members to join our GRCSU Strategic Design Team. If you are interested, please reach out to Kristine McGuiness ( These Design Team meetings will be held in person at West Rutland School on the following dates/times:

Meeting 3: March 9, 2023 / 5:00 - 7:00 PM (@ West Rutland School)

R.T.S. Swag

The link below is our new swag store open 24/7/365 check it out and swag yourself up!! any questions please just let me know. There are NO MINIMUS AND YOUR ORDER IS SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO YOU! This is a fundraiser for the RT Sports Booster Club.

Rutland Town Rec. Department

The K-2 Basketball program will be running over February vacation (2/20-2/23) from 9:00-10:30 on Mon-Thur. If you wish to sign up please download ( the form and send it into school or town hall. This program will be run with the help of the middle school basketball teams. All they need is a pair of sneakers, a water bottle and comfortable clothes. If you have any questions please contact Michael Rowe at 779-2518.

Check Us Out...

There is a wealth of information on our school's website. Information on Academics is located under "Academics." Check it out to find guides that describe our programs and resources that support students in their learning at