RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

Parenting During a Pandemic VIDEOS with the 3 SB Elem. Principals and Joelle van Lent, PsyD

Parenting During a Pandemic: Your Questions Answered Part 1 (11 min.)

Parenting During a Pandemic: Your Questions Answered Part 2 (14 min.)

Parenting During a Pandemic: Your Questions Answered Part 1
Parenting During a Pandemic: Your Questions Answered Part 2


The RMCS book fair from Scholastic is completely online this year. Since the fair is online this year only scholastic has the fair running 14 days for shopping. This year the fair is Nov. 15 to Nov. 28. There is a URL link that will be in this email. All orders will be shipped to the home of the buyer.


Nov 13th - World Kindness Day

Nov 23/24 -Parent Conferences (conducted on Zoom or by phone)

Nov 25, 26, 27 Thanksgiving break - NO SCHOOL


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World Kindness Day 2020

World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. This day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, has the purpose is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations.


This year, our conferences will be through Zoom or by phone. Classroom teachers will be reaching out to families to schedule a time to discuss student progress and supports. We know that teaching and learning has been severely interrupted since the arrival of Covid 19 which caused school closure in the spring and a modified re-opening this fall. We had a two week delay to the start of the school year, have a shortened day due to staggered arrival and dismissal and only had students at school in person for 2 days a week until this week. We know that students have missed lots of instruction and learning opportunities; where they are as learners looks very different than it has pre-Covid. All of our grade levels have had to modify their curriculum this fall to meet our students where they are at in their learning progression. We have also focused on community building and social emotional learning to support the challenges that our students are going through. Our students are also gaining incredible resiliency skills with the many changes and challenges of living through a worldwide pandemic. We hope you keep all of this in mind when you meet with your child's teacher at conference time. Our students are working hard to acquire new learning skills...and for many of them, these skills might not be in alignment with where they would be if we had a "normal" spring and a "normal" fall with full time, in person instruction. Now that we have finished our fall assessments in every grade level, teaching teams have put together plans to meet students where they are at, and grow their learning in all content areas, with a priority on math and reading. We are still focusing on safety and well-being, as our top priority. We continue to work hard and partner with families to keep children on a positive learning trajectory, even if it's at a different pace this year due to the pandemic. We hope you enjoy meeting with your child's teachers to celebrate their successes and resiliency as learners during such a challenging year of school.


This week, Governor Scott announced in his November 10 press conference that all nonessential travel to and from Vermont now requires a quarantine. For more information, see the latest travel and quarantine information from the Vermont Department of Health. In addition, the cross-state travel map which had previously been updated every Tuesday, has been suspended due to increasing COVID case counts in Vermont and in our region.

Governor Scott also announced November 13 that a ban on multifamily gatherings, both inside and out, whether in public or private spaces is now prohibited. The rationale for this decision is that many of the recent COVID outbreaks and clusters can be traced back to private social gatherings. Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine has repeatedly implored people not to travel for the upcoming holidays and to take care to keep one’s social circle small.

Keeping our schools open, which we worked (and continue to work) so hard to collectively accomplish this September, will largely be influenced by the individual decisions we make every day. I know that deciding whether or not to travel or gather with loved ones is a highly personal decision, but as you make these choices, please consider the following:

1. Decide if the risk is worth it for your family.

2. Plan to have a safe trip or gathering, remain flexible and get your flu shot

3. Quarantine when you return.

More information can be found on the VT Department of Health Department website. In addition, the CDC has released a helpful guide for safely celebrating upcoming holidays.

Please remember that if you are travelling out of state, you need to follow the state guidelines about travel and quarantine, which is now a quarantine for 14 days or 7 days and a negative test to return to school. If you are travelling out of state, please contact Nurse Cannon at 652- 7208 or Ms. Datillio at 652-7200, so we can help guide you through next steps to keep your family and all of our RMCS families safe.

No Additional (Friends) Riding Buses At This Time

Due to Covid restrictions, assigned seating with the possible need for contract tracing, and capacity we are not able to have 'friends' ride on other's buses home. Please make other arrangements. We are only able to have a consistent ridership at this time.

Health Updates

When your student has an illness symptom:

Yes, even a runny nose or complaints of a sore throat constitute staying home for 24 hours and returning only with symptom improvement or resolution. Please follow the Health Department's fact sheet: Information for Families: Return to School Following Illness* when deciding about whether to keep your student home or send to school.

We continue to connect with families, whose student is home with a reported illness, to help navigate next steps and determine when to return to school safely.

Thank you again, for your patience and follow-through. We know this is not an easy time for families as we continue to ask for your support in striving to keep our community safe.

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~ A Note From The Student Support Team~

There are several giving initiatives that the Student Support Team works on each year. Some of these include:

  • Food drive for the South Burlington Community Food Shelf

  • The mitten tree (a holiday gift giving program)

  • Gift cards as needed

  • School photo gift cards

  • Winter gear support

As we approach the winter and holiday season, please reach out to one of us if you are in need of additional support. Please be assured, this is confidential.


Kaitllyn Morrissey, Meaghan Rice, Ashley Wilson, Sarah D’Agostino, Michelle Cannon and Carol Blakely.


The FY22 budget development process has begun and we want to hear from you! This year, in lieu of the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC), we will be holding a series of community forums via Zoom as a way to hear from as many community members as possible. Our first forum took place November 10 and will be followed by two additional sessions December 8 and January 5. You can also check out the regular school board meetings to hear budget conversations and ask questions. Regular school board meeting minutes and agendas are posted on the school board page of our district website. There is an option to participate via Zoom or watch live via RETN’s Facebook page (or on the RETN website afterward). We look forward to hearing your questions and insights. You can also find the latest budget information including the November 10 presentation on our District budget website. Additional information and presentation will be posted there as it becomes available.

Common Roots' Farm School Program in Grades K & 1

Hello South Burlington Families and Friends!

Another fun and engaging lesson is underway this week, through Common Roots’ Farm to School program. This month, we are focusing on winter squash and seed saving. With such a wide variety of winter squashes available to us in Vermont, this is a great storage crop that continues to feed us hearty, nutritious meals through the fall and winter. As we continue to discuss minimizing waste, seed saving is a great way to use the whole squash - all the way from drying squash seeds to plant in the spring, to toasting with a bit of salt and oil as a yummy snack!

We used our detective skills in a fun Winter Squash Seed Matching game, and used all of our senses to determine what type of squash was the mystery ingredient in our pudding! To quote a Central student, “You MUST send this recipe to my parents. It is so good!”. So here you go!


For the pudding:

1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed - save the seeds! (also works with pumpkin, acorn, delicata)

½ cup apple cider

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

½ tsp cinnamon

For the toasted seeds:

Butternut squash seeds, rinsed, drained, or soak overnight for easier digestion

Drizzle of olive oil

Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and get a large pot of water up to a boil on the stove.
  2. Peel and deseed the squash, setting the seeds aside in a bowl.
  3. Cut the squash into large cubes and add to the boiling water. Boil until soft when poked with a fork (about 10 min).
  4. Rinse the seeds and remove any strings of butternut. Pour the rinsed seeds on a clean towel and pat dry. Transfer to a baking sheet.
  5. Drizzle seeds with olive oil and season with a pinch of salt. Roast until golden brown (about 10 min).
  6. Once the squash is cooked, transfer to a food processor or blender and add the cider, ginger, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth.
  7. Pour pudding into small bowls and top with toasted seeds for a little crunch!

Be sure to check out the Common Roots blog for additional lessons to do at home.


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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