WEEKLY FAMILY FOCUS May 16, 2021

RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

A Brave First Grade Reader, Reads To His Class During Library

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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

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

May 26th- Early Dismissal at 12:30 (In service for Teachers)

May 31st- No School- Memorial Day

June 1st- June 4th :Last Week for Book Check-Out at RMCS Library

June 7th -All Books Back to the Library

June 9th Early Dismissal at 12:30 (In service for Teachers)

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

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


July 23rd- SB Public Library OPEN HOUSE and Ribbon Cutting (see below)

UPDATES from our SCHOOL NUSERS

Vermont's Easing of Mask Requirement:

Masks are only required outdoors in situations* where a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained. According to Dr. Levine with the health department: “This is why, now when you’re outdoors, masks will only be required when you’re in a crowd or with multiple households, where you can’t keep a 6-foot distance from others. This is regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not.”

Examples of when you do not need a mask include:


  • if you’re outside on a run, your family is on a hike or out for biking,
  • if kids are having an outdoor playdate,
  • if you’re on the sidelines watching a baseball game or
  • if you are heading to the beach with plenty of space around you.


*Students and staff will continue to wear masks while on school property.


Travel:


If you are unvaccinated (including children) and traveled outside the state, you must have a COVID-19 test within 3 days of returning to Vermont. For more details, visit COVID-19 "Frequently Asked Questions" on the health department's website.

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


Symptoms and Testing:
A message to parents/guardians: if you have any symptom, no matter how mild, such as a headache, cough, fatigue or a runny nose, it’s best to get tested. It’s also important to avoid going to work, school or other places until you receive a negative result. COVID-19 is a highly transmissible virus, and this is how we can each protect our loved ones and our communities. If you have symptoms, talk to your health care provider. They can refer for testing.


COVID Vaccine:

People 12 and older can make appointments. Part-time Vermont residents, including college students, are also eligible to get vaccinated. The health department is arranging for more walk-in clinic opportunities. Visit the "make appointment" link above to find a walk-in near you!


The Vermont Department of Health is offering a series of online town hall meetings with local pediatric providers for parents who may have questions about the vaccine. Here is the DOH link to these meetings:


https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/about-covid-19-vaccines-vermont#vaccinesforchildren

Annual Registration for all returning students opens May 11th

Annual Registration for all returning students opens in PowerSchool on May 11th, 2021. Please use your parent portal to complete registration for the 2021-2022 school year. If you need help or have any questions, please call Mrs. Dattilio at 652-7202. Thank you.

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 precise date and time this will "go live" as well as where to send questions/concerns will be shared over the coming weeks. Ready to opt-in now to receive text messages when they become available? Text the letter “Y” or the word “Yes” to the number 67587.

RMCS to Receive Books Thanks for Grant Garnered by SBHS Student

RMCS students will soon benefit from the industriousness of SBHS student Niko Lekkas, who after being inspired by working with a student at Central School on their reading for half an hour each Tuesday over Zoom, decided to apply for a grant to help buy books to support the third grade and literacy support teams. The books are for low-level readers (K-1-2) and intentionally multicultural in theme/representation. Lekkas is a senior at SBHS and wrote the grant proposal to the Academic Boosters fund after finding out about it from CDC Director Christine Lundie. He was awarded $640 to buy two sets of books from Leff Books.

Niko wrote, “I noticed that this is a very diverse class, and for some of the students, English is a second language. I absolutely wanted to work on the grant and help get the books for them. This was my first grant that I ever wrote. Every room in my house has books and I know the importance of books for developing creativity, imagination, writing, and communication. So, working on this grant to get the books for these 3rd graders was important for me.” Well done!

SBHS to Host COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic May 25

We were excited to learn this week of the FDA's authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for youth ages 12-15. This is a hopeful step in the state and country’s transition out of this pandemic. To help facilitate this effort, many school districts across the state, including South Burlington will be hosting vaccine clinics. Our clinic will take place May 25 at the SBHS Burleigh Gym from 11:00 am-6:00 pm. You can find an evolving list of vaccination sites and how to register here. Vermont residents 12 and older can also access vaccination walk-in clinics, but individuals in that age group should look for clinics that offer the Pfizer vaccine and bring a parent or guardian with them.

If you have questions about the vaccine as it relates to children, please take the opportunity to join local pediatricians for Zoom info sessions! The Vermont Department of Health is offering this series of online meetings May 16-May 19 and they all take place from 7:00-8:00 pm.

News from the South Burlington Public Library: (Kelly Kendall)

WELCOME BACK!

Our temporary location at the University Mall is now open for browsing, using computers and checking out materials. Curbside pickup will continue, but we hope to see many of you inside the Library. We’ve missed you!


This is a great time to renew your library card, or even better, to get library cards for everyone in your household. Any legal resident of South Burlington over the age of five may obtain a resident library card with identification that clearly shows name and current legal address. We encourage each household member to get a card, as we do not have “family” cards. Please come to the library to sign up.


We plan to be open at the Mall location through Friday, June 11th and then, re-open in mid-to late July at the NEW LIBRARY on 180 Market Street at the New City Center. We can’t wait to share this amazing community space with our patrons. Our updated policies regarding behavior and safety at the library will be available on our website in June.

In the meantime, we have exciting events planned in preparation for this move.


Our 2021 Summer Reading Program, designed to encourage and celebrate reading throughout the summer, features all kinds of animals. “Tails and Tales” begins on June 1 with Summer Reading Kits available through curbside or by visiting the library. Readers of all ages can log their reading through a new online tracking program called BEANSTACK. Read for fun and earn digital badges; once the library has reopened, enter your raffle tickets for the chance to win prizes. More information is coming soon, so keep checking the library website. This program is FREE and open to readers of all ages.


On Sunday, June 13 at 10am, we will kick off the move to our new library with a “Bag 'n Wagon Parade” It’s your chance to say “Good-bye!” to the old, and “Hello!” to the new, as we begin our move to the new library. After grabbing a bag of books, we will parade across Dorset Street led by Mike Randall’s “The Big Blue Train.” Readers can also pick up their Summer Reading Kits at the end of the parade. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Check out our library website for more details.


Celebrate with us at the official ribbon cutting and Open House on July 23rd. Stay tuned for more information. We look forward to seeing you soon!

For more information, please contact us at 846-4140 or email sbplinfo@southburlingtonvt.gov . https://southburlingtonlibrary.org

Open hours

Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11 am – 3 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday 2 - 6 pm.

Our own...Michelle Devino selected! Congrats!

SOUTH BURLINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT DATA MANAGER MICHELLE DEVINO NAMED VERMONT'S LEA REPRESENTATIVE TO NATIONAL FORUM ON EDUCATION STATISTICS

The South Burlington School District is proud to share that District Data Manager Michelle Devino has been chosen to serve as Vermont’s local education agency (LEA) representative to the National Forum on Education Statistics.

Devino began working for the SBSD in March of 2019, before which she held a similar position in a nearby district for over 10 years. Devino was invited by Wendy Geller, the Agency of Education Division Director for the Data Management and Analysis Division, who serves as Vermont’s state education agency (SEA) representative, to be her partner as the state’s local education agency (LEA) representative.

SEA and LEA representatives’ contributions to the Forum help improve the quality, comparability, and utility of education data throughout the US. The National Forum on Education Statistics (Forum) is a voluntary, democratic, participative group that works to improve the quality, comparability, and usefulness of elementary and secondary education data while remaining sensitive to data burden concerns.

The mission of the Forum is to plan, recommend, and develop education data resources that support local, state, and national efforts to improve public and private education throughout the United States. Its membership includes representatives from federal offices involved with education data, including the U.S. Department of Education, representatives from state and local education agencies in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and national organizations with an interest in elementary and secondary education data.

Devino said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to represent both the South Burlington School District and Vermont at the national level.”

2021 VERMONT STATE SCHOLASTIC CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Announcing the 2021 VERMONT STATE SCHOLASTIC CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday/Sunday, May 29-30, 2021 Capital City Grange Hall, Berlin, VT All Vermont students Kindergarten through Grade 12 are eligible to participate. State champions for each grade K through 6, plus Middle School and High School champions will be determined. Swiss pairing used. (No eliminations – all players play each round.) Advance registration is required. Full details and registration information at: http://www.vtchess.info or contact Mike Stridsberg, mike@vtchess.info, 802-223-1948

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.

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.

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.

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