Gertrude Chamberlin School

Family Newsletter November 12, 2021 Volume 16 Issue 14

IMPORTANT DATES:

Monday, November 15th is the last day to order Meadow Farms Online Catalog Fundraiser

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November 1st - 19th - GCS Food Drive

This is an annual event to support our area families. Students can bring in non-perishable food items that we will donate to the South Burlington Food Shelf. We will display the food in our school lobby. Thank your for supporting this event!

Saturday, November 13th - 9:00-3:00, Blood Drive at GCS in Memory of Kathy Buley

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November 22nd and 23rd - Parent Teacher Conferences, No School

November 24th, 25th and 26th - Thanksgiving Recess, No School

PTO Student Directory

The link to the electronic student directory was sent out in an email to Chamberlin families on Tuesday from Mrs. Baechle. The directory contains information for students in your child's class that was provided by families. We hope this helps families and students stay connected! We are not putting the link in the newsletter, as we do not want student information posted on the website. If you have questions, please contact our PTO parent, Jennifer Doig at jdoig@sbschools.net.

Health and Physical Education Updates

4th grade used string to create a web of support with Mrs. DeGuise in health class...who are the people in your life that you can turn to - at home? at school? The connections that we make with each other help us during good times and challenging times!


Click here for more news about Health and Physical Education!

Conference Sign Ups for Integrated Arts

If you would like to sign up for a conference with Ms. Finlayson, the Music teacher:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h9ncEYqpLuIiV8AqMENeOB4J0o2Di47_OTz6l5lr8Uw/edit?usp=sharing\


If you would like to sign up for a conference with Mrs. Goodrich, the Art teacher:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4baea82ea6fbcf8-family


If you would like to sign up for a conference with Ms. Balk, the Digital Citizenship/Library teacher: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48aaa92fa3fbcf8-library1


If you would like to sign up for a conference with Mrs. DeGuise, the Health/Physical Education teacher: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q1QVefsYl8EzPchQkK4l5v3WBju07oJFwrib1_nrzP4/edit?usp=sharing


If none of these times work for you, please reach out to us: efinlayson@sbschools.net, jgoodrich@sbschools.net, abalk@sbschools.net and ldeguise@sbschools.net.

All School Celebration...Game Time!

We filled our hive and earned an all school celebration! Our PBiS student representatives thought that a game time in each class would be a great way to celebrate! Students enjoyed playing games together with their classmates - some brought games from home, and many played their favorite games from the classroom. Congratulations to our students for being KIND, RESPONSIBLE and SAFE! Photos are of game time in 1st and 2nd grade.

GCS Annual Food Drive

Our annual food drive will begin on Monday! Gertrude Chamberlin School is excited to announce our annual Food Drive to occur between November 1st - November 19th. We will work in collaboration with the South Burlington Food Shelf, Vibrant Church and our Chamberlin families. Once collected, all of our Food Drive donations will go directly to our South Burlington Food Shelf community partner. We will be collecting canned foods, cereal, and other non-perishable food items. Your student can bring your family donation to school as we have done in the past.


A statement from our Food Shelf partners: We are "recognizing a need in our community, a small group of South Burlington residents and community leaders formed a coalition to help address the problem of food insecurity in Vermont’s second largest city. Inspired by their faith and by a commitment to their neighbors, the group is leading the effort to build a food shelf that will serve South Burlington’s food-insecure individuals and families. We’re called to love each other, take care of each other and serve each other.”


Please join our Food Drive efforts by donating food this year. Thank you.


The South Burlington Food shelf is located on:

356 Dorset Street / South Burlington, VT 05403

Hours: Thursday 4:30 – 6:30 PM / Friday 8 – 10 AM / Saturday 8 – 10 AM

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Gertrude Chamberlin School Blood Drive

South Burlington Community and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!


Drive Details:
Site: Chamberlin School
Address: 262 White Street, South Burlington, VT, 05403
Room Name: Gym
Date: Sat Nov 13, 2021
Time: 9:00: AM - 3:00: PM
Blood Program Leader Name: Bradley Howort
Click here to make an appointment


South Burlington School District remembers and celebrates the life of Kathy Buley. Ms. Buley passed away on October 15th, 2020. The Chamberlin School community and their South Burlington School District colleagues started a new tradition two years ago, an annual Red Cross Blood Drive, to honor their beloved teacher and colleague. Ms. Buley was very passionate and supportive of the American Red Cross organization after her emergency medical assistance in 2019. Ms. Buley lost her battle to pancreatic cancer but the Red Cross blood donations she received during her care were instrumental in extending and improving the quality of time she had left. Please join us and help others in her memory. Thank you.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Dinovember at GCS!

It’s Dinovember at GCS! Our school based clinician from The Howard Center, Katie Wessels, is using the books “What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night” and “What the Dinosaurs Did at School” by Refe and Susan Tuma to inspire students that she works with to create wonderful dinosaur scenes in her window which is centrally located at what we call the "T" at Chamberlin School. In their books, the dinosaurs often make huge messes, but at Chamberlin, our dinosaurs seem to be following the three We’s: we are kind, we are responsible, we are safe. So far they have built with blocks, watered the plants, roasted marshmallows around a campfire, had a ballet - Swamp Lake and also taking turns and playing Uno! We are excited to see what else they will come up with in November!

Check out what our Spectacular Second graders are up to at GCS!

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School Nurse Notes

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children- Parent Information & Resources

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.


Be Well,

Welcome, Dr. Ruthie Payno-Simmons!

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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, including Ms. Finlayson at GCS, to support improvements in our PBiS systems.

PTO Catalog Fundraiser

Do you need wrapping paper for upcoming events? Looking for great gifts? The PTO is doing a contact free fundraiser through Meadow Farms. It will run from Monday, October 25 to Monday, November 15. The flyer is below and will also be coming home with your child today. Parents who want to participate will need to register their child(ren). It is all done online - you will not be receiving any physical catalogs. All orders will be done online using each child's seller code that you will receive when you register. Orders will be shipped as the orders come in, to the address given by the buyer. If an order is more than $89 there is no shipping fee. There is also a prize program for children who register. You can share the information and your child's seller code with friends and family and they can order from other towns and states! Funds from this will benefit fieldtrips and other enrichment programs for our children.

Missing Something?

If any of these items belong to your child, please call Mrs. Baechle at 802-652-7403 and we will get them to your child to bring home! Thank you.

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? We recently got a wonderful donation of handmade winter hats from a group of local knitters, PebblesVTCrafts - Chattering Hens, so if your child needs one, please call Mrs. Baechle at 652-7403 and we can have your child pick one out. We greatly appreciate your support with making recess a positive experience for all of our children!

November 11th Update from Superintendent Young

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

What a week it has been for mid-November! Abundant sunshine, sounds of the last fall leaves crunching and rustling, what a great time to get outside for a quick lunch break or steal a couple moments of appreciation on a walk. I wanted to recognize our student athletes who recently competed in the D-1 State championships: boys soccer and girls field hockey and soccer. The SBHS girls soccer and field hockey teams won the state championship. Congratulations! In addition, SB Tuttle boys soccer was also undefeated this season. It has been great to witness the teamwork and collaboration of our student athletes this fall.

I also wanted to thank, on this Veterans Day, all who have and are serving our country. Typically, we hold the Annual City/School Veterans Day Ceremony at SBHS, but given the circumstances, we had to cancel it this year. My hope is that we can see a return of this tradition next year. I did, however, want to mention that there is always the opportunity to visit the Pathway of Honor at Veterans Memorial Park for reflection.

Food/Goods Drives Underway!

As the temperatures drop and Thanksgiving recess nears, I am proud to say that our students and school communities have been coming together to support our South Burlington families in need of additional resources. Central and Chamberlin Schools are both in the midst of food drives to support the South Burlington Food Shelf. These will conclude November 19. Orchard School’s annual Thankful Giving initiative will run through November 29. FHTMS will be developing their Giving Tree soon and at the high school, the Key Club is currently holding a food drive. Also, the Coalition for Community Service at SBHS is collecting gift cards in any amount for grocery stores, retail stores, and gas stations. Gift cards can be dropped off in the CDC or the guidance office and will be distributed through counselors and social workers to support SB families. Thank you all!

Test-to-Stay Update

This week, the District began the Test-to-Stay program at Orchard School and we will gradually roll it out at our other schools as well. The voluntary 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.

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. If you are interested in having your student participate if needed, please fill out BOTH the Consent Form and this registration link for the SimpleReport form (which is how results will be relayed) as soon as possible. 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.

Questions? View this recorded Virtual Town Hall with a group of Vermont medical professionals and representation from the Agency of Education. If you have general questions about Test-to-Stay, please contact your school nurse directly.

COVID in SBSD: November 4 at 5 pm-November 11 at noon

SBHS: 0

FHTMS: 2

GCS: 3

RMCS: 3

Orchard: 8

We have not been immune to the sustained uptick in COVID case numbers statewide and are doing our best to keep students and staff safe utilizing all of our tried and true methods. The Vermont Department of Health posts current COVID activity daily here along with vaccine rates if you are curious. Please continue to follow these tips on how to protect yourself and others. We have heard that at next week’s press briefing, Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine will be unveiling holiday related safety guidance as well. We are encouraging all who are eligible to get vaccinated and get a booster. For parents/guardians of 5-11 year olds, you can learn more about registering for vaccine appointments here.

Any families without internet access or who 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.

Appointments at school-based clinics and pharmacies will continue to be updated on the Vermont Department of Health website and soon, the vaccine will be made available through pediatrician offices.

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.

Budget/Next Board Meeting

The FY’23 budget development process is underway. The administration will be presenting their FY’23 budget recommendations at the November 17 school board meeting (agenda will be posted on the District website Friday afternoon) and this will be followed by the first community budget forum of the season, November 23 from 6-7:30 pm. More information on the virtual sessions to follow, but in the meantime, we encourage your participation in other ways. We welcome your thoughts and feedback via our school board meetings or through phone and/or email. You are crucial to this process!

PBiS Equity Coach Dr. Payno-Simmons

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.

School Happenings

SBHS Drama Presents Little Shop of Horrors!

SBHS drama is alive and well and it’s time to get excited for their latest production. Little Shop of Horrors will be performed by the SBHS Drama Department (cast and crew of nearly 50!) on November 18, 19, and 20th at 7 pm in the SBHS Auditorium. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Masks are required to attend this event. You can find the link to order tickets here This is the first production directed by Julia DiFerdinando. Other key members of the production team include Brit Flynn (Assistant Director), Aimee Bushey (Music Director), and SBHS senior Kailey Palmer (Stage Manager). Hope to see you there!

Skateboard Club gets Underway For FHTMS (and SBHS) Students

This week, the SB Skateboard Club held a free session at Talent Skatepark. The SB Skateboard Club is in its 18th year. This is a collaboration with Talent Skatepark which is now a non-profit organization. The program is one of the only school skateboard programs in VT and is open to all ability levels in the MS and HS. The group meets twice per month from November to May. Students can join at any time. Interested students can contact Matthew Guyette at mguyette@sbschools.net.

It’s Dinovember at Gertrude Chamberlin School

Playful dinosaurs have taken over GCS School based Clinician Katie Wessels’ windows! Dinovember is inspired by the books “What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night” and “What the Dinosaurs Did at School” by Refe and Susan Tuma. In their books their dinosaurs often make huge messes, but at Chamberlin, Wessels’ Dinos seem to be following the three We’s: we are kind, we are responsible, we are safe. Wessel gets a creative helping hand from a couple of her students and added, “I work with such a small group of kids but having a very visible window (with a Dino decal that says “Ms. Katie’s room”) at the heart of the school helps demystify and de-stigmatize mental health services—at least that’s the goal!” See what these dinos have been up to via Principal Rouelle's Twitter. Toasting marshmallows sounds pretty good right now.

RMCS Original Artworks

Students in Kelsey Lewis’ art class have been working hard in the art room to create masterpieces for the Original Works program. Student creations will come home soon along with order forms and catalogs of merchandise available to purchase. This is a program that has been done for years at RMCS. Lewis works together with volunteers from the PTO, the sponsors of the fundraiser to make this happen. Beautiful idea.

Orchard Students Recreate The Barnabus Project Book Cover

THE BARNABUS PROJECT is the first of ten picture books that are on this year's Red Clover Award list. All kindergarten through third grade classes heard the book last week and recreated the cover. This week, librarian Donna Sullivan-MacDonald is reading their second Red Clover book with them, HOW TO SOLVE A PROBLEM: THE RISE (AND FALLS) OF A ROCK-CLIMBING CHAMPION by teenage rock-climbing world champion Ashima Shiraishi. After viewing a couple of short videos showing Ashima's skills, students began a two-week project in the library makerspace for creating their own climbers. Stay tuned for Instagram posts next week to see how they're incorporating Abenaki words in the project!

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage month and our schools are honoring this month in a variety of ways. Over at the SBHS library, there is a display of books by Native American and First Nations authors. One of those authors is Joseph Bruchac who has published over 120 books for young people and is a Nulhegan Abenaki citizen. He will be joined by his son Jesse Bowman Bruchac in a virtual program entitled We are the Land November 17th. This will be followed by a program sharing the Abenaki Land Link Project on the 18th. Both events are free, but registration is required.

Thank you families, students, and staff for your continued and sustained efforts during these times. I know the ongoing challenges surrounding the pandemic are still with us, but I remain hopeful that we can emerge stronger and more resilient than ever.

David

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The Scholastic Book Fair Is Coming!!!

Here is the link to our Chamberlin Book Fair Homepage - you can start shopping on Monday, November 29th through this link! On this homepage, families can view the dates of the book fair and browse our interactive book flyer. Students will also have the opportunity for in person shopping in the library that week. However, shopping doesn't start until Nov. 29th. In person shopping goes until Dec. 3 and online shopping goes until Dec. 12.

Students will be receiving book flyers with some of the book offerings to bring home next week.


https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=chamberlinschool

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Does Your Child Need Milk for Their Home Lunch?

Milk is NOT free for students who need a milk for their home lunch. The cost of a milk is 50 cents and parents/caregivers can send in a check, made out to South Burlington Nutritional Services, to credit their child's account or have money taken directly from an account to credit to your child's account. or use our online payment option through MySchoolBucks.

If you have any questions, please contact Rhonda Ketner rketner@sbschools.net.

This school year ALL STUDENTS can have FREE Breakfast and Lunch! We would still ask everyone to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch form. See the links below for the form and the breakfast and lunch menus.