WEEKLY FAMILY FOCUS May 31, 2021

RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

Remembrance on Memorial Day

History.com describes Memorial Day as:

"An American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2021 will occur on Monday, May 31. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades."

We thank and honor those who have served!

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Agency of Education (AOE) School Guidance Updates

Agency of Education (AOE) School Guidance Updates

At the Governor’s press conference today, Secretary of Education Dan French announced the release of a joint memo from he and Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine regarding prevention recommendations for the end of the year. It notes that when the state of emergency ends, much of the COVID-19 guidance for schools will no longer be enforced since its underlying authority is derived from the Governor’s Emergency Order.This includes the Strong and Healthy Year guidance. However, the department recommends that schools continue to follow current prevention strategies outlined in the guidance for the remainder of the school year because students will not be fully vaccinated by mid-June. This falls in line with my note last week that masks will continue to be required of all students and staff through the end of this school year.

Today, the AOE also released guidance on instructional operations for the fall of 2021. This presumes that we will be back to full time, in-person instruction in the fall and notes that distancing requirements for students and staff will no longer be necessary. We will be working through this update and providing details on what school will look like for our district as our planning process continues.

DATES OF IMPORTANCE- MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Texting is Now Live!

If you have a mobile number on file with the District, you should have received a one-time text notification from the number 67587 May 25 asking if you would like to opt-in to receive pertinent messages from the District via text. If you haven’t already and would like to opt-in, simply send a text to the number 67587 with the letter "Y" or the word “Yes.”

Vermont Chess Champion, Noah, 3rd grader, Mrs Bailey’s class

COVID VACCINE:

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

Life Cycle of the Oyster Mushroom with Ms.Blakely

Here are some pics of Ms. Liguori's class planting Oyster Mushrooms with Ms. Blakely. Ms.Blakely taught us about the life cycle of a mushroom and how it's considered a fungus. In the pictures the third graders were putting spawns into straw in a basket.

Annual Student Update Forms Are Open for the 2021-2022 School Year

Get started today! Please register your student for the 2021-2022 School Year by completing the Annual Student Update forms before August 17th. These forms help families verify and share important health and contact information as well as allow for permissions to be set for school technology devices. To start, click this link: Getting Started: Register a Returning Student. If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please contact your school directly.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Second Graders work with Master Gardener Amy Simone

Mrs. Belisle and Mrs. Ransom's second grades planted potatoes and carrots this week with our Master Gardener Amy Simone. The carrot seeds are so small, Mrs. Simone helped guide us with planting them into the raised beds. We planted the potatoes into bags so they can grow deep in soil, away from the light. We enjoyed not only this connection to our science unit related to plants, seeds, and pollinators, but also for the opportunity support our community garden. Thank you to Mrs. Simone and her daughter, Bridget (RMCS alum), for sharing your expertise!

Common Roots

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Farm to School, brought to you by Common Roots, has completed 9 lessons this year with students in grades K-2.

For students in grades 3-5, we have created food video lessons (approx 30 minutes each) www.commonroots.org/farmtoschool

This is our 13th year of teaching explicit food lessons with taste tests to educate young children and expand their palates.


Please bring your child to our Common Roots Farmstand to receive your FREE Seed Starter Kit.

-We are located in the Farm at South Village, 55 Allen Road East.

-We are open Monday through Saturday 8 am - 6 pm.

-Feel free to bring a few fruit and veggie compost scraps to feed the chickens. (no bread please)

-Our farm-fresh produce is certified organic and available to the public.


Check out our Farm Hop on Saturday, June 5th. 11-2 pm

The flyer is attached - FYI. Start at any of the 4 farms in our Agrihood and receive your passport.

Hope to see you there! Bring your friends and neighbors!


Nourish to Flourish!

Lauren Jones, Farm to School Educator and Farmstand Coordinator

Carol McQuillen, Director

RMCS School Garden

Did you know? RMCS has a lovely vegetable and fruit garden tucked in the courtyard behind the gym. Your children may have already planted spinach and peas in it last week with Farm to School, or will be going out in the next few weeks to plant potatoes, carrots, or squash with their classes. The garden belongs to the whole school community and I encourage you to visit this relaxing (and delicious!) space with your children. The strawberries will soon be ready so please pick and enjoy! All excess produce will be donated to the South Burlington Food Shelf, as we did last summer. If you would like to know more, or would be willing to help with watering over the summer, please contact me at amyfsimone@gmail.com or (802) 343-3660. Thank you! Amy Simone, UVM Extension Master Gardener

Creative Arts Final Rotations May and June 2021

Cooper, Eddy, Hockenbury, Pecor, Kulhowvick

ROTATION 3

Music May 24 - June 4 (this is a 2 week rotation)



Appleby, Bailey, Belisle, Carpenter/Mahl, Kelliher

ROTATION 3

Library May 24 - June 4 (this is a 2 week rotation)



Vincent, Smith, Ransom, Scott, Mitchell

ROTATION 3

Art May 24 - June 4 (this is a 2 week rotation)



Kavanagh, Knepp, Liguori, Ross, Miller

ROTATION 3

PE May 24 - June 4 (this is a 2 week rotation)


Creative Arts Rotation #4 - June 7-18


Cooper, Eddy, Hockenbury, Pecor, Kulhowvick

ROTATION 4

Library June 7 & 8 (this is a 2 day rotation)

Art June 9, 10, 11 (this is a 3 day rotation)

PE June 14 & 15 (this is a 2 day rotation)

Music June 16 & 17 (this is a 2 day rotation)


Appleby, Bailey, Belisle, Carpenter/Mahl, Kelliher

ROTATION 4

Art June 7 & 8 (this is a 2 day rotation)

PE June 9, 10, 11 (this is a 3 day rotation)

Music June 14 & 15 (this is a 2 day rotation)

Library June 16 & 17 (this is a 2 day rotation)


Vincent, Smith, Ransom, Scott, Mitchell

ROTATION 4

PE June 7 & 8 (this is a 2 day rotation)

Music June 9, 10, 11 (this is a 3 day rotation)

Library June 14 & 15 (this is a 2 day rotation)

Art June 16 & 17 (this is a 2 day rotation)


Kavanagh, Knepp, Liguori, Ross, Miller

ROTATION 4

Music June 7 & 8 (this is a 2 day rotation)

Library June 9, 10, 11 (this is a 3 day rotation)

Art June 14 & 15 (this is a 2 day rotation)

PE June 16 & 17 (this is a 2 day rotation)

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 7200. 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

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