CCS Newsletter

November 03, 2017


Dear CCS Friends and Families,

What a week! After an unusually warm Fall, we never expected to use our first “snow day” on October 30th. As with all things in a school, flexibility has been the name of the game this week!

We were happy to be able to re-open on Tuesday, particularly as it was Halloween and Pumpkin Man was expected for his annual visit to CCS. Our annual Halloween parade was fun and festive, featuring many creative costumes. It was especially exciting to see that Pumpkin Man brought along a friend ~ we’ve heard her referred to as Mrs. Pumpkin Man, Pumpkin Wife and Pumpkin Man’s friend. Thank you to Pumpkin Man and his friend for continuing this CCS tradition.

While this week’s storm was concerning on many levels, we also saw it bring out the best in our CCS community. Kids and adults alike have been checking in on one another, taking good care of each other and themselves. We hope that all who have been affected by this week’s storm have gotten or are getting their power back soon! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Kind regards,

Stephanie, Jen and Cassandra


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Friday, November 3rd

Dance! Grades 6-8 in the MPR, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tuesday, November 7th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

CVSD Community Budget Forum, CVU Rm 160, 6:00pm- 7:30pm

Tuesday, November 14th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Friday, November 17th

Q & A with the Principals, Main Office Conference Room, 7:30 to 8:00

Monday November 20th through Friday, November 24th

NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 21st

CVSD Board Meeting, CVU Rm 160, 6:00pm

Tuesday, November28th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Wednesday, November 29th

Field Trip - Architects to Shelburne Farms, 9:00am to 2:00pm

Saturday, December 2nd

CCS Holiday Market, MPR, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Tuesday, December 5th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

CVSD Board Budget Meeting, CCS Library, 6:00pm

Friday, December 8th

Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Staff Room, 11:00 - 1:00


The PTO is sponsoring a Holiday Market at CCS on December 2, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Please click here for more information and Vendor application.
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We use the Connect 5 system to inform Charlotte Central School families of important and time sensitive information. It has come to our attention that often times families and staff will see a call coming in from the school number and rather than listen to the message they call to ask what the message is about. This inadvertently ties up the line for families who need to call us because of the content of the message.

We ask that you make sure your mailbox can accept messages and that you listen to the message to see if it impacts you before you call school. This will allow the school line to be available to those families who truly need to contact us.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and support in this matter.


We would like to remind you that Charlotte Central School, with generous donations from the Shelburne Episcopal Church, can help provide Holiday Gift Support to your family. If you would like more information about holiday support, please contact your child's school counselor by Wednesday, November 8th.

Vicki Nelson (grades k-4) 425-6631 and Kathy Batty (grades 5-8) 425-6613


Please join Friends of the CCS Garden for our 1st annual Fall Clean Up. Saturday, November 4th. We need your support to keep the CCS garden and Compost Shed in top shape for student learning.

Bring the whole family, along with these garden tools (if you have them on hand); clippers and short handled axes for cutting and chopping. Jobs may include: cutting back perennial and veggie patches, chopping all garden stems/foliage for use in the compost shed, spreading compost, storing hoses and planting winter rye, garlic.

We will have cider, apples, donuts, coffee and water. Our day will be set up in shifts. 8am-10 a.m. and 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

THANK YOU for supporting the CCS GARDEN and Compost Shed!!


Rachel Stein Deirdre Holmes

Elizabeth Cullen or Abby Foulk
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CCS is hosting a singer/songwriter/performer, David Gonzalez, on Tuesday 11/14/17 to share:

Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World

Cuentos paints a vivid picture of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with colorful tales from the Caribbean, South America, and the Bronx! From the silly antics of the Puerto Rican anti-hero “Juan Bobo” to the mysterious dealings and powers of the Orishas in a suite of Afro-Cuban stories, these tales are filled with memorable characters, fantastic plots and positive messages for children. Spanish language words are sprinkled throughout the stories and songs of “Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World” in such a way that young audiences can repeat and retain their sound and meaning. Solid entertainment and a great introduction to the marvelous world of Latino literature and culture.

This 45-50 minute performance would be appropriate for your four or five year old children. ​We would love for you to join us! Timing is 10:15-11:15 in our MPR.

Please RSVP if you can join us or if you have any questions.


Vicki Nelson, K-4 School Counselor


Dear Athletes and Parents,

Hello, my name is Melissa Skinner, and I’m the Athletic Director for Charlotte Central School. I can be reached via email throughout the day and evenings at Leaving me an email with contact information and how quickly you need a response is the most efficient way for us to connect. As the fall sports come to a close and winter sports are ready to begin the coaches and I are full of excitement. There will be an essential parent/athlete/coaches meeting on Wednesday, November 8th at 6pm in the CCS gymnasium.

This winter season we will be offering basketball at A and B levels for grades 6 through 8. These sports will start Monday, November 13th. Tryouts and practices will be from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. except on Tuesdays, when there will not be practice.

Philosophy: The purpose of the athletic department at Charlotte Central School is to encourage personal growth in a team setting. It is our goal to enhance teamwork, self confidence, respect, and belonging by fostering a learning environment.

Participation and competition levels are different on the A and the B teams. The A team is a program for more experienced and highly skilled players in a more competitive setting. The focus of the B team is instruction that’s geared towards the developing player. Opportunities to develop skills, game concepts, and teamwork are emphasized on both levels.

Team placements are made to provide the athlete with the most developmentally appropriate experience. Although all players can expect to participate in every contest, playing time is at the discretion of the coach. Concerns about playing time should be directed to the coach or athletic director at an appropriate time. We highly recommend speaking to the coach or athletic director the day after the game in question. No complaints should be made directly to the coach immediately following a game or the same day as the game, this allows for everyone to process and think about the game and the ensuing conversation to be productive.

For both the A and B teams, an equal balance of learning, winning, sportsmanship, and development of the whole player is emphasized.

It is important to note that players that are consistently late or absent from practice will most likely see less playing time than others. The player should email their coach if they know they will be missing a game and/or practice.


Every athlete must have an up-to-date physical on file with the school nurse, a completed health form, sports permission slip, code of conduct form, and all athletes and parents must read the concussion page and sign it. These must be handed in to the athlete’s coach prior to them stepping on the court for tryouts.


Parents are responsible for picking athletes up after practice and after all games. Charlotte Central School only uses a one way bus, so please plan accordingly.

Our coaches this season and contact information:

Girls A basketball- Matt Kent

Girls B basketball- John Gallagher

Boys A basketball- Matt Rodovick

Boys B basketball- Mike DiNicola

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Melissa Skinner

Health Questionnaire - this can be filled out online

Sports Permission Form - this can be filled out online

Concussion Form - this must be printed, signed and returned to your child’s coach

Middle School Sports Code of Conduct - this must be printed, signed and returned to your child’s coach


Parent Fact Sheet - Concussions

Student Fact Sheet - Concussions


Our Lost and Found is overflowing once again. Please have your child(ren) check for their missing items. Two tables are set up in the hallway by the elevator.


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The CVU's high school chapter of R.O.C. (Refugee Outreach Club) has begun their annual winter clothing drive. Their goal is to help new American students and their families adjust to life here in Vermont. All of the items collected will be distributed to several different Vermont organizations whose missions align with working to provide for local new American communities in Vermont.

There is a donation box in the CCS lobby should anyone wish to participate in the district’s drive.

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