EMS Newsletter

October 25, 2019

Dear EMS Families,

This week, Margaret Talbot - the Tech Integrationist from EMS - had the pleasure of presenting information about Powerschool to the Engage EMS meeting. She gave a short presentation on logging into Powerschool, adjusting settings to receive email notifications, and how to navigate the Powerschool App on cell phones.

The presentation is linked here (Presentation 10/22/19) and in the list below. Additional information about our digital citizenship curriculum and Powerschool is also available (Family newsletter on 9/13/2019).

Where can I learn more about how to log in to Powerschool?

Detailed instructions here, presentation with screen shots here, and Engage EMS Presentation 10/22/19

Website help: https://tinyurl.com/PSUChelp

What is the District Code for the Powerschool App?

District Code is KKPC

App help: https://tinyurl.com/PSUCapphelp

Where can I download the app?

Here is a link to the Apple app

Here is a link to the Android App

App help: https://tinyurl.com/PSUCapphelp

How can I find student access codes to link my Parent Powerschool account with my child's account?

These codes are held in our student information system. If you have more than one child in the school system, but only one child is appearing, then you will need the other student access codes.

Email Julia Stein at jstein@bsdvt.org OR Call (802) 864-8486 and ask for Julia

What is my password?

If you forgot your password, the guidance office can reset it for you.

Email Julia Stein at jstein@bsdvt.org OR Call (802) 864-8486 and ask for Julia

Please reach out with any questions mtalbot@bsdvt.org.

In partnership,


Friendly Reminders

  • 11/01 End of Quarter 1 - grades will be emailed home on 11/08

  • 11/01 Dance - EMS gym 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Announcements

  • Sixth grade families - if you have not yet turned in your one time $10 chromebook user fee, please submit to your child’s team teacher by 11/02

  • Next week a link to schedule family conferences for November 25th and 26th will be emailed home.

  • School Dance details

    • Tickets sold before and after school next week in the lobby of the school for $5.

    • Location = EMS gym. Entrance through side door by the gym driveway.

    • Dance doors will be closed from 6-7:30

    • Snacks and drinks for sale (range in price from $.25 - $1) throughout the dance.

    • Games offered in addition to dancing.

    • Students must stay in the dance until 7:30 after entering.

    • Suggested drop off and pick up location - South Union St.

Dashain Celebration

I thought everyone might enjoy some photos from our classroom celebration for Dashain. At home, the Nepali students receive tika (dyed rice with yogurt and sugar) from their elders and they liked the idea of receiving tika from their teachers. I worked with Krishna to figure out how to adapt it for our classroom, but Astha Magar really was my guide, sitting next to me and taking me through each of the steps as I appreciated each student. As you can see, the students were inspired to also give us tika and share their wishes with us for the school year and thanks for what we do.

What a special place where we work! I’m grateful to be a part of it.

Amanda Gustafson

County-wide Cross Country Meet

EMS hosted the 30th annual Chittenden County Cross Country Meet on Wednesday, October 18, at the Shelburne Museum. There were 224 girls and 331 boys from 18 different schools. The Edmunds girls placed 12th and the boys tied for 2nd. Miles Goldsmith was 1st in the boys race. Congratulations to all the runners on a great season!

Scholastic Book Fair Coming!

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

The Scholastic Book Fair will begin in the EMS library the week of November 4th and will be open during the day from 7:45 – 3:45 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Wednesday until 2:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:45 to noon. It is a “books only” fair; however, there will be posters and bookmarks for sale.

Please encourage your child to purchase books to read at home (or come yourself) and support the middle school makerspace and library.

Just 20 minutes of independent reading every day will expose your child to approximately 1,800,000 words every year! It is so exciting for so many of them to be able to buy books from the fair.

Thank you,

Carole Renca

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EMS Coffee Club Fundraiser

We Are Kicking Off the EMS Coffee Club Fundraiser!

Order delicious locally roasted coffee through us! Engage EMS will get $5 per bag and you will be getting great coffee and supporting the school at the same time! Order for yourself, for your office or for family and friends!


1. Find the link at the bottom of the flyer for the online order form

2. Determine how many bags of coffee you, your office, your dear friends/family want

3. Submit Order by the first Tuesday of the month and submit payment via venmo or check made out to EMS PTO memo: Coffee Club

4. Receive your coffee on the second Monday of the month!

5. Support Engage EMS year round!

Stock up before Thanksgiving or submit and order each month and continue to support EMS!


Questions Contact Ivyrose Lopez at ivyrose.lopez@gmail.com