RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

Listen to this excellent NPR show about "What to Say to Kids When the News is Scary" (28 Minutes)

What To Say To Kids When The News Is Scary : Parenting: Difficult Conversations : NPR -

Whether a school shooting or a deadly tornado, scary events in the news can leave parents struggling to know when — and how — they should talk with their kids about it. Rosemarie Truglio of ...


Feb. 5th Report Cards Issued

Feb. 22nd- March 3rd Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

March 3,4,5 will now be PK-5- in school on all three days (no remote time that week)

MS/HS - 3rd will be a gray pack day, 4th and 5th will be gray pack days.

April 1st and 2nd will be half days

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Do you have any gloves or mittens your children have out grown that you can share with Nurse Cannon, for our students who do not have any? We are completely out of resources to share at this time in the mitten dept! New donations also gladly accepted. Thanks for helping to take good care of ALL our students. IF your student gets a pair from the health office please write their name/initials in the mittens, as they are to keep (we cannot swap and share at this time). Thank YOU!!!

Valentine's Day 2021: At all 3 South Burlington Elementary Schools

Valentine's Day 2021:

Dear SB Elementary Families:

In an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking for our students and staff to celebrate Valentine’s Day differently this year at school.

Please DO NOT send in any Valentine’s day treats or cards (homemade or store bought) to your student’s classroom (or school) this year. If your student's classroom teacher chooses to celebrate, all necessary materials and items will be provided. Thanks for your understanding.

Take A Tour With Our Student Photographer: Kyree

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

Substitute Openings in the South Burlington School District

Are you looking to get more involved at your child’s school? Need a bit of extra income or additional work experience? Apply to substitute now for one or more of the following:

- Classroom Teacher (all subjects and all levels)

- Paraeducator or Interventionist

- School Nurse (RN) or Nurse Assistant (LPN) (Must have appropriate licensure and/or certifications)

- Custodian

- Food Preparation/Cook

- Bus Driver

All SBSD substitutes are required to undergo a criminal record check and be fingerprinted for a VT public school District.

Current Job Openings in the South Burlington School District

Seeking a career change? Feel like your skills and abilities aren’t recognized enough at your current job? Looking for a job where you’re on the same schedule as your kids?

We are seeking candidates for the following positions

- Bus Driver (CDL, Class B with passenger, air brakes, and school bus endorsement preferred, training may be available to the right candidates)

- On-call Second Shift Custodian

- Interventionist

- Paraeducators

-Long Term Subs, classroom teachers

These positions will remain open until filled. For more details on open positions, visit Keyword: South Burlington School District, or contact Karen Dantzscher, HR Director at 652-7256 or

Interested candidates may apply through one of the following options:

1) Apply at Keyword: South Burlington School District.

2) E-mail a current resume, cover letter, and 3 references to . Please indicate which position(s) you are applying for.

Mail a current resume, cover letter, and 3 references to: South Burlington School District, Human Resources, 500 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403. Please indicate which position(s) you are applying for.

Karen Dantzscher, SPHR

Director of Human Resources

South Burlington School District

South Burlington, VT 05403


Please WALK your Bike once on the sidewalk

Due to snowy and icey conditionsm and the fact that both walkers and bikers are using the same sidewalks, we are asking that bike riders please walk your bike once on the sidewalk next to our school parking lot. For the safety of both the bikers and the walkers we would like to add this precaution. Thank you for your help to keep everyone safe!

Farm to School, Common Roots

Hello South Burlington Families and Friends!

As we settle into winter, it may look like there is not much happening on the earth around us. There may be a layer of snow, and all of the plants seem to be at rest until they can come back up in the spring. However, the soil beneath our feet is alive and hard at work to regenerate and revitalize itself so it is ready to support all of the plants that want to start growing next spring.

When the earth takes time to rest and regenerate, we are reminded that we as humans need to do this too - by taking time to find some Hygge, drink lots of water, and continue to eat foods that will support our bodies and boost our immune systems. Growing microgreens is a great way to feed ourselves fresh green foods all winter long. They can also provide our bodies with up to 40X more nutrients than eating the fully grown plant! In Farm to School this week, we got to taste test sunflower and mixed green sprouts.

Growing Microgreens at Home

Follow these simple steps to grow some microgreens at home. Want to create a fun and rewarding project with the family? Donate your ready-to-harvest microgreens to your local food shelf to share that nutrient boost with others in need.

Materials needed: A cup or tray • Organic soil • Seeds (broccoli, peas, sunflower, mixed greens, etc.) • Small bowl with water • Fine mesh strainer • Towel or lid • Spray bottle


1. Soak your seeds in a bowl of water overnight - this will speed up the germination process.

2. The next day, drain water from the seeds using a fine mesh strainer.

3. Spread a half inch of very moist soil in your tray. Then take your seeds and evenly sprinkle across the soil.

4. Gently press the seeds into the soil using a flat hand, making sure not to press too deep.

5. Cover your tray with a towel or other lid to block out the light for a day or two.

6. Peek at your seeds each day to look for a white root tip that will start to poke out of the shell. Once this happens, remove the covering and bring them out into the daylight by placing on a sunny windowsill.

7. Check back each day to watch them grow, misting with water to keep the soil damp.

8. Harvest the sprouts when they are a few inches tall.

Lemon Maple Vinaigrette

We made a delicious Lemon Maple Vinaigrette to drizzle over our microgreens in Farm to School this month. See below for the recipe if you’d like to try it at home.


¼ cup olive oil

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Juice of ½ a lemon

1 Tbsp maple syrup

¼ tsp salt

Pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a jar, cap tightly with a lid, and shake well to combine.

Be sure to check out our second educational video, Episode #2 Winter Squash and Abenaki Foodways, if you haven’t already!

Till next month, Nourish to Flourish!

Lauren Jones, Common Roots - Farm to School Educator

School Nurse Notes


  • Please consider sending in 2 extra masks in your student's backpack. Masks are getting wet when outdoors and are not as effective (and certainly not comfortable). Remember to wash masks before reuse!

  • Please ensure your student has winter gear: boots, snow pants, mittens, hat, and a warm jacket. If you need help providing these items, please connect with our guidance counselors.

  • A clean set of clothes, including socks, is also helpful to keep at school, in case a change is needed (for all grades!).

COVID RESOURCES: Click on underlined below to follow the link.


We are started vision and hearing screenings in grade pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade (per State of Vermont guidelines). Due to the pandemic, we are only screening distance vision (not near) and hearing. If you have a concern about your student's near vision, please contact us. If your student requires further (out of school) assessment, by their provider or a specialist, we will contact you. Students can also be screened during the school year upon request. Please call if you have any questions.

Dress For the Weather

The cold weather is here! Please be sure you send your child with long pants, snow pants, boots, jacket, hats, and mittens to wear at recess every day. Remember to label your child’s outdoor gear.

Please label all your children's winter gear with their name or initials for easy return to the correct child if it should get misplaced.


  • Keep your hands and head covered to prevent heat loss
  • On really cold days, wear a scarf over your face and mouth
  • Wear a warm coat that deflects the wind
  • Wear warm, waterproof boots
  • Woolen clothing helps to retain the heat
  • Wear clothing or carry knapsacks with reflective material - it's important to be seen
  • If possible, change wet clothes at school - tuck an extra pair of socks and mitts into knapsacks

Below -13oF is considered too cold for walking--move your walk indoors, or select another day for outdoor activities and walking to school.


COVID-19 Parent & Caregiver Guide

No matter how prepared you are, an outbreak can be stressful. Here are some recommendations to promote your family's well-being during COVID-19.


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