WEEKLY FAMILY FOCUS May 2, 2021

RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

Student Placement Parent Survey for next year 2021-22 DUE MAY 17th

It’s hard to believe that we are already thinking ahead and making plans for next year! Kindergarten registration and the 5th grade transition process to the FH Tuttle Middle School has begun. Kindergarten through 4th grade families, we are doing family input through Google again this year. Please take time to fill out the form that is linked below and let us know your thoughts about your child as a learner. This information, along with teacher input, will be extremely valuable as we work to create the best, balanced learning environments for all of our students. At RMCS, there is teacher movement and hiring regarding grade levels, so we ask that you not make a specific teacher request – the teachers at the current grade levels may not necessarily be at the same grade level. At this point, we are in the hiring process and looking at enrollments, so we are unsure of the teachers at many of the grade levels and the number of sections at each level for next year. If you need a paper copy of the form emailed to you, please contact sdattilio@sbschools.net Please be sure to fill out the online form or mail in your paper input form by May 14th.


Please click this link to fill out the parent input survey:

https://forms.gle/WHxSVQpJnJfaUQGG8

DATES OF IMPORTANCE- MARK YOUR CALENDARS

"Pop-in" Q and A with David Young, Tuesday, May 4 from 6:30-7:30 pm via Zoom


May 5th- SB School Board Meeting


May 10th on...5 Days a week of in person learning (conditions permitting)


May 11th- PTO Meeting via Zoom 6:30 pm

https://sbschools.zoom.us/j/86942528095pwd=T0l4Q0xlV2llWW5zMHBrNnZOeWZ6Zz09

May 12th YES THERE IS SCHOOL ON WED 5/12/21 (conditions permitting)

May 17th- Parent Placement Survey's Due (see link above for the form)

May 31st- No School- Memorial Day


June 12th - SB High School Graduation- Essex Fair Grounds

June 18th- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, Half day, 11:30 am dismissal

SBAC Assessments

All students enrolled in a public school and/or funded through public funding are required to participate in statewide assessments. To meet this federal requirement for assessment, accountability and reporting, VT uses the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Assessment (SBAC). Grades 3, 4 and 5 are required to take online assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts. 5th graders are also required to take an online Science assessment. This year, we will adhere to our Safe and Healthy Schools guidelines to deliver these assessments with precautions due to Covid 19. At RMCS , students will have practice and training sessions before the actual assessments, and we also provide many supports and accommodations for students to make these testing times as comfortable as possible. The tests have two parts - one is a computer adaptive test that gets easier or harder depending on how students answer a question, and the other component is a performance task that asks students to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and proficiency in math and reading/writing. Students will use their chromebooks to take the assessments.

We will be assessing in May and make sessions as needed in early June.

The classroom teachers will be sending you the specific schedules for each class.


VTVLC Students will also be particpating:

Week of May 17th

5th Grade at Gertrude Chamberlin School

4th Grade at Rick Marcotte Central School

3rd Grade at Orchard Elementary School

5 Days of In Person School, Scheduled to Begin May 10th (conditions permitting)

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

We certainly needed these late April showers as we round the corner and enter May! It is truly hard for me to believe that in just under two months, we will be coming to the conclusion of a year like no other. As always, I am grateful. Thank you for all you have and continue to do to support our students and one another.


Additional In-Person Learning for All Students Beginning May 10

I am excited to announce that after much deliberation and careful planning with the administrative team, our District will be welcoming students back to additional in-person learning time effective May 10. What will this look like? It will vary based on grade level. At the elementary and middle school grades, students will attend school in-person five days per week, while the high school will follow a modified in-person schedule. Details regarding the high school plan will be communicated via the high school administration. Students enrolled in VTVLC remote learning will continue with their program through the end of this school year.

My rationale for implementing this change is as follows:

  • Current COVID19 activity continues to show a very promising downward trend as more Vermonters, including many of our 16 and 17 year olds become vaccinated

  • We have heard repeatedly and innately know the importance in-person connections students make with their teachers and peers are to mental health. Adding Wednesdays in-person at the elementary grades (which will increase in-person days from 4 to 5) and at the middle school grades (which will increase in-person learning days from 2 to 5) as well as additional time at the high school will go a long way in keeping these relationships strong.

  • End of year celebrations! After everything our students and staff have been through over the course of the last year, the state recently released guidance on end of year gatherings and graduations. I want our students and staff to be able to participate in these culminating activities to the extent safely possible.

To be clear, we will be following the state's updated Strong and Healthy Year Guidance along with our established protocols around masking, physical distancing, and hand washing as well as making ample use of our outdoor spaces where constant air flow decreases the risk of virus transmission. In addition, next week, I'll be holding an open conversation for families Tuesday, May 4 from 6:30-7:30 pm via Zoom where individuals with questions or concerns on this change can "pop in" to to learn more and share their thoughts. This is a promising step and we couldn't be making it without all of your hard work over this difficult period. I know this has been a challenging time and I am proud of how we have been moving through it together.

Impact on Transportation

Due to this change, we are still encouraging parents/guardians who have been driving their students to school, especially at the elementary and middle school level to continue to do so in order for us to maintain 3 ft distancing requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy LaRock at 652-7479, klarock@sbschools.net or Gary Marckres at 652-7052 or gmarckres@sbschools.net

District Calendar Updated

Our 2020-2021 District Calendar has been updated to reflect that the last day of school for all students will be June 18. Elementary grades will be released at 11:30 and middle and high school grades will be released at 12:30. The 2021-2022 District Calendar has also been posted.

Enhancing Communication: Texting Coming Soon!

In order to enhance our communication and engagement with families and staff, we will be adding SMS/text messaging to our SchoolMessenger notification system (the system the District uses to send phone and email communications to families and staff) with a target start of the end of May. Further details regarding the opt-in process or where to send questions/concerns will be shared over the coming weeks.

Next School Board Meeting May 5

This week, the school board held their regularly scheduled meeting and heard an incredible presentation from a Winooski School District Alumna and current student on their anitracism efforts. If you missed it, you can watch the video via the Media Factory website. In addition, you can find all of the board’s meeting minutes, agendas, and backup information on the District website. The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, May 5 at 7:00 pm.


David Young

Superintendent

May is National Bike Month: Check out the Art Scavenger Hunt

No doubt, if you have traveled around South Burlington by car, foot, or bike, you have noticed the colorful utility boxes that have been brightening our city streets over the last couple of years thanks to the coordinated efforts of South Burlington resident Katie O’Brien Barritt. A number of South Burlington residents, including students of all ages have contributed their talents to make South Burlington pop with creativity. To celebrate National Bike Month, an art scavenger hunt is underway (there are prizes!). This is a fun and safe activity for all ages.

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Moving or Transitioning? Let us know ...

Are you MOVING IN or OUT of South Burlington, or TANSITIONING to a different school next year? Please call our Main Office to let us know your plans. 652 7202. This will help us to help you transition smoothly and also provide us with accurate student counts and class sizes to anticipate for next school year.

Reminders from our School Nurses

Some friendly reminders...

Travel:

If you plan to travel to another state, quarantine is not necessary upon return to Vermont (or prior to returning to school, unless experiencing symptoms or a COVID positive test). Unvaccinated Vermonters must be tested within 3 days upon return to the state, though families may consider testing on the day they return to Vermont, if possible.


People who have returned from international travel should follow the "After International Travel" guidance from the CDC.


Return to School Following Illness:

We are continuing to follow the State's guidance for returning to school following illness. Please continue to refer to this handout when symptoms arise (even a drippy nose). Please continue to fill out the daily app and keep your student home if symptoms arise.*

*If your student is diagnosed with seasonal allergies or asthma, please consult with

your student's healthcare provider, to assure that the conditions are being treated

appropriately. Please provide the school nurse with any new information, along

with a note from the provider, indicating the medically diagnosed allergies and

follow-up medical treatment plan(s).


COVID Vaccine:

All Vermont residents age 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.
College students and some residents of another state are now eligible for vaccines.


  • For information about making an appointment, visit "Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine" by clicking here.
  • Need help? Contact the call center at 855-722-7878.
  • To speak with someone in a language other than English, call the above number, and then press 1.

Why can't children and adolescents get the COVID vaccine?
See the Vermont Department of Health's response here.


Ticks:
Find helpful information about tick bite prevention, identification, removal and symptoms by visiting the CDC here.

FALL 2021 Kindergarten Registration

Registration will open for Incoming Kindergarten students on March 1, 2021. If you would like to register a student who will be 5 on or before September 1, 2021, please visit www.sbschools.net/register .

School Registration / Home

South Burlington School District Online Registration link

www.sbschools.net

FARM TO SCHOOL

Wow, what a year this has been! It was so wonderful to work with the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades throughout this school year, and I look forward to what the next season brings. The films and curriculum will remain on our website HERE, if you haven’t checked them out already.


This summer, I will be coordinating our Farmstand at South Village, which opens this Saturday, May 1st 8am-6pm. Please stop by to visit - I would love to see you all at the farm with your children! I will be working Tuesdays - Saturdays 2-6 pm.


In our final Farm to School lesson, we took it back outside to appreciate the wonderful nutritional benefits and versatility of Spinach. We planted some spinach and pea shoot seeds in the raised beds to celebrate the beginning of the growing season. I encourage you all to check back to see how your veggies are growing throughout the rest of the school year!


Our recipe this month is a simple Spinach Salad with a Ramp Dressing. Such a delicious springy taste you will have to try.


Spinach and Pea Shoot Salad with Ramp Dressing


For the salad:

● Spinach

● Pea shoots

● Any of your favorite salad toppings


For the dressing:

● ½ cup olive oil

● 2 Tbsp honey

● ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

● ¼ cup ramps, finely chopped (can sub 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced)

● ¼ tsp salt

● Pinch of pepper


Directions:

1. Starting with the dressing, combine all ingredients in a mason jar. Cap with a lid and shake vigorously until dressing is blended and smooth. If you have a food processor, you can skip chopping the ramps/garlic and let that do the blending!

2. Assemble your spinach and pea shoots in a bowl. You can keep your salad simple, or top with some of your favorite toppings - some thinly sliced radishes and diced avocado would go great on this.

3. Lightly drizzle your dressing over top and enjoy!


Message from Carol McQuillen, Common Roots - Director:

I hope your child has enjoyed our monthly lessons and taste tests. We hope you will take a walk at our Common Roots Farm at South Village and see our organic fields producing nourishing foods (55 Allen Road East - off Spear Street). Farmstand Memberships are available at the Farmstand.


Perhaps come by the Wheeler House for our Friday Flatbreads from our amazing clay oven! Bring your picnic blankets and enjoy live music and have dinner - Every Friday 4:00 - 6:30 (1100 Dorset Street). www.commonroots.org


Till next month, Nourish to Flourish!

Lauren Jones, Common Roots - Farm to School Educator

Family Resources from Howard Center

Caregiving is hard enough without a global health pandemic! Now more than ever, it is CRITICAL that we encourage our caregivers to practice diligent self-care. Our health depends on it, and the health of our children depends on it. It is difficult for caregivers to put themselves first – and we know they are equally as deserving and in need of it. Please consider using these helpful resources.

The Importance of Care for Caregivers (National Association of School Psychologists)

Parenting During Coronavirus: You are Enough (PBS Kids)

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

COVID Support VT (from 211)

Apps for Self-Care and Wellness

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Need Help with Technology? Use this link to access Tech supports!

Visit the RMCS website at sbschools.net or just click on this link for tech support!


https://sites.google.com/sbschools.net/sbsdedtechforstudentsfamilies/home