CCS Newsletter

November 10, 2017


Dear CCS Friends and Families,

While the clocks changing, leaves falling and gardens getting cleaned up signal the close of a growing season, it feels as though the growing season for our students resembles “Spring Forward”, not “Fall Back.” We have had a wonderful week of learning and growing together at CCS!

On Tuesday, CCS Principals presented a State of the School presentation during the CVSD Budget Forum. This was an opportunity for members of the community to understand CVSD’s budget process and financial outlook, especially now that we are consolidated. Additionally, this will be an ideal time for the public to engage with the board members and principals around what they value most in our schools. Here is the link to the principal presentation: CCS State of Our School. There is also an opportunity for community members to provide their input via this online form: CVSD Community Input Form. CVSD budget meetings will be held in December and January. All CVSD budget meetings will begin at 6pm. CVSD budget meeting locations will alternate between the town school buildings:

12/5/17 - Charlotte Central School Library

12/19/17 - Hinesburg Community School Flex Space

1/9/18 - Shelburne Community School Library

1/23/18 - Williston Central School Dining Room

Other opportunities exist for CCS families and communities to connect with the CCS administration to ask questions and hear more about happenings at CCS. The CCS PTO sponsors monthly Q & A with the Principals meetings in the CCS Main Office Conference Room. The next two Q & A meetings are:

11/17/17 at 7:30 a.m.

12/20/17 at 2:00 p.m.

We hope you will join us for some of these opportunities!

Kind regards,

Stephanie, Jen and Cassandra

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Seventh and eighth grade students in Ms. Tierney's Advisory group helped our Charlotte senior citizens with fall yard cleanup and winterization this past week. The help was greatly appreciated and we enjoy keeping our strong connection with our wonderful seniors!!!


Tuesday, November 14th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Friday, November 17th

Q & A with the Principals, Main Office Conference Room, 7:30 to 8:00

Monday November 20th through Friday, November 24th

NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 21st

CVSD Board Meeting, CVU Rm 160, 6:00pm

Tuesday, November28th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Wednesday, November 29th

Field Trip - Architects to Shelburne Farms, 9:00am to 2:00pm

Saturday, December 2nd

CCS Holiday Market, MPR, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Tuesday, December 5th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

CVSD Board Budget Meeting, CCS Library, 6:00pm

Friday, December 8th

Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Staff Room, 11:00 - 1:00

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Charlotte Central School is becoming an ARTSONIA school!

You may have heard rumblings from your students or even received an email from Mr.Cotton about Artsonia! Artsonia is an online portfolio site that provides a safe, secure platform for your students artwork. They upload a photo of their work using the Artsonia app, then as parents and guardians you will receive an email of your students work and an option to comment on the work. You can even have the artwork made into gifts like mugs and keychains!

These online portfolios will stay with your students throughout their time at CCS and can even be transferred onto the high school once they graduate!

Please be on the lookout for an email from Artsonia or a parent permission slip coming in a backpack!

Students in 6th and 7th grade are creating cardboard based African inspired masks. If you have access to cardboard boxes or are in need of getting rid of cardboard we would happily take your donations! Keep your eyes open for the awesome masks that will soon be hanging around our school!

Murals have begun to be painted! We have three teams of mural painters currently and they are starting to create their murals around the school.

Thanks for having such great and creative kids!


Mr Ash Cotton

CCS Art Teacher!


CCS is hosting a singer/songwriter/performer, David Gonzalez, on Tuesday 11/14/17 to share:

Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World

Cuentos paints a vivid picture of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with colorful tales from the Caribbean, South America, and the Bronx! From the silly antics of the Puerto Rican anti-hero “Juan Bobo” to the mysterious dealings and powers of the Orishas in a suite of Afro-Cuban stories, these tales are filled with memorable characters, fantastic plots and positive messages for children. Spanish language words are sprinkled throughout the stories and songs of “Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World” in such a way that young audiences can repeat and retain their sound and meaning. Solid entertainment and a great introduction to the marvelous world of Latino literature and culture.

This 45-50 minute performance would be appropriate for your four or five year old children. ​We would love for you to join us! Timing is 10:15-11:15 in our MPR.

Please RSVP if you can join us or if you have any questions.


Vicki Nelson, K-4 School Counselor



Movie: “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and Science of Hope” this Sunday in Charlotte

There will be a repeat showing of the film "Resilience:The Biology of Stress and Science of Hope" this Sunday, November 12th, at 1:00 PM a the Charlotte Senior Center. “Resilience” shows us how adverse childhood experiences (ACES) lead to disease, unhealthy behaviors like addiction, and shortened life expectancy.

Through animation and story, this easily accessible movie describes new and conclusive research about what we already know in life: Troubling moments and events in life are inevitable. There is no cure for stress or trauma. What can be taught are skills and steps to be resilient when faced with stress and anxiety ~ the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens. Understanding is first, reflection is second, and action is the goal.

The viewing of this Sundance Film Festival award winning film is free and approximately one hour in length with opportunity to stay for a panel discussion at 2pm with Rep. George Til (MD) and Priscilla White, a specialist in ACEs. Rep if so desired. Mike Yantachka (Charlotte) is the moderator.

For more information, feel free to contact Wendy Bratt, Connecting Youth Mentor Coordinator, at


The PTO is sponsoring a Holiday Market at CCS on December 2, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Please click here for more information and Vendor application.
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If you did not get a chance to attend this week's CVSD Community Budget Forum, you still can share what is on your mind with the CVSD Board of Directors and Administration. Simply take a minute now to fill out this short input form.

Until the end of the day of the 12th, you can give us your input online at You can also find the link to the input form on our website,

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Please join Friends of the CCS Garden for our 1st annual Fall Clean Up. Saturday, November 4th. We need your support to keep the CCS garden and Compost Shed in top shape for student learning.

Bring the whole family, along with these garden tools (if you have them on hand); clippers and short handled axes for cutting and chopping. Jobs may include: cutting back perennial and veggie patches, chopping all garden stems/foliage for use in the compost shed, spreading compost, storing hoses and planting winter rye, garlic.

We will have cider, apples, donuts, coffee and water. Our day will be set up in shifts. 8am-10 a.m. and 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

THANK YOU for supporting the CCS GARDEN and Compost Shed!!


Rachel Stein Deirdre Holmes

Elizabeth Cullen or Abby Foulk
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Dear Athletes and Parents,

Hello, my name is Melissa Skinner, and I’m the Athletic Director for Charlotte Central School. I can be reached via email throughout the day and evenings at Leaving me an email with contact information and how quickly you need a response is the most efficient way for us to connect. As the fall sports come to a close and winter sports are ready to begin the coaches and I are full of excitement. There will be an essential parent/athlete/coaches meeting on Wednesday, November 8th at 6pm in the CCS gymnasium.

This winter season we will be offering basketball at A and B levels for grades 6 through 8. These sports will start Monday, November 13th. Tryouts and practices will be from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. except on Tuesdays, when there will not be practice.

Philosophy: The purpose of the athletic department at Charlotte Central School is to encourage personal growth in a team setting. It is our goal to enhance teamwork, self confidence, respect, and belonging by fostering a learning environment.

Participation and competition levels are different on the A and the B teams. The A team is a program for more experienced and highly skilled players in a more competitive setting. The focus of the B team is instruction that’s geared towards the developing player. Opportunities to develop skills, game concepts, and teamwork are emphasized on both levels.

Team placements are made to provide the athlete with the most developmentally appropriate experience. Although all players can expect to participate in every contest, playing time is at the discretion of the coach. Concerns about playing time should be directed to the coach or athletic director at an appropriate time. We highly recommend speaking to the coach or athletic director the day after the game in question. No complaints should be made directly to the coach immediately following a game or the same day as the game, this allows for everyone to process and think about the game and the ensuing conversation to be productive.

For both the A and B teams, an equal balance of learning, winning, sportsmanship, and development of the whole player is emphasized.

It is important to note that players that are consistently late or absent from practice will most likely see less playing time than others. The player should email their coach if they know they will be missing a game and/or practice.


Every athlete must have an up-to-date physical on file with the school nurse, a completed health form, sports permission slip, code of conduct form, and all athletes and parents must read the concussion page and sign it. These must be handed in to the athlete’s coach prior to them stepping on the court for tryouts.


Parents are responsible for picking athletes up after practice and after all games. Charlotte Central School only uses a one way bus, so please plan accordingly.

Our coaches this season and contact information:

Girls A basketball- Matt Kent

Girls B basketball- John Gallagher

Boys A basketball- Matt Rodovick

Boys B basketball- Mike DiNicola

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Melissa Skinner

Health Questionnaire - this can be filled out online

Sports Permission Form - this can be filled out online

Concussion Form - this must be printed, signed and returned to your child’s coach

Middle School Sports Code of Conduct - this must be printed, signed and returned to your child’s coach


Parent Fact Sheet - Concussions

Student Fact Sheet - Concussions


Our Lost and Found is overflowing once again. Please have your child(ren) check for their missing items. Two tables are set up in the hallway by the elevator.


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The CVU's high school chapter of R.O.C. (Refugee Outreach Club) has begun their annual winter clothing drive. Their goal is to help new American students and their families adjust to life here in Vermont. All of the items collected will be distributed to several different Vermont organizations whose missions align with working to provide for local new American communities in Vermont.

There is a donation box in the CCS lobby should anyone wish to participate in the district’s drive.

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