Gertrude Chamberlin School

Family Newsletter October 8, 2021 Volume 16 Issue 9


Friday, October 8th - 12:30 Dismissal for Staff Professional Learning

Monday, October 11th - No School, Indigenous Peoples Day

Tuesday, October 12th - 6:00 PM, PTO Meeting

Please join us on Zoom for the PTO meeting! Mrs. Goodrich, our new art teacher, will be the teacher representative.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 875 3966 3472

Passcode: 932564

October 20th and 21st Zoom Open House

Wednesday, October 20th - Classrooms, Guidance, Special Education 5:30-7:00 PM

Thursday, October 21st - Integrated Arts 5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, October 28th - Picture Retakes from 10:30-11:30 AM

Open House Information

Since we are not able to have our traditional, in person Open House this year, due to Covid 19, we will have a virtual format on Zoom! Families can join zoom times to get information about your child's learning, see their classroom and meet their teachers! We will have two evenings, one for classroom teachers and one for integrated arts classes. Our special educators, reading teachers and guidance teacher will be popping in to the classroom zooms to say hello. Here is the format for the two evenings. Please mark your calendars and we will send out Zoom links when the time gets closer! We will also send home curriculum overviews for each grade level and integrated arts area on Friday, October October 22nd.

Wednesday, October 20th

5:30-6:00 PM - Kindergarten and First Grades

6:00-6:30 PM - 2nd and 3rd Grades

6:30-7:00 PM - 4th and 5th Grades

Thursday, October 21st

5:30-6:00 PM Art

6:00-6:30 PM Music

6:30-7:00 PM Physical Education

7:00-7:30 PM Library Media

Author Visit - Todd Parr

Mrs. Brown's kindergarten class had a virtual author visit last week with Todd Parr during their library time. Todd Parr is the author of over 60 children's books, some of which we have in the library. Last Thursday was "Be Who You Are" day, which is a day Todd created to celebrate one of his books, Be Who You Are. This book sends the message that we should embrace our differences and love ourselves for who we are! We've been reading some of his books in library and the students were so excited to get a chance to meet him on his live webinar. We had a great time celebrating, learning about his life, his dogs and why he started writing books. We even got to listen to him read his book Be Who You Are!

What Can You Find at the End of the Rainbow? The GCS Circus!

Here are some photos from our outdoor circus performance, as well as our mini assemblies with Troy last Friday. We had a fantastic two weeks of our circus residency with Troy Wunderle from Big Top Adventures!
If you would still like to donate to the Polly Cain Fund for our artist in residencies that happen every two years, you can send in a check made out to the Polly Cain Fund or use the scan code below!
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Homecoming Weekend...Join the Wolf Pack Fun!

The SBHS Booster Club is looking for ways to get the elementary and middle school students excited about being part of the Wolfpack. This year for Homecoming, we are planning to provide SB Wolves Homecoming bracelets for all the students. These bracelets will act as a pass for the elementary and middle school students to get into any HOME GAME happening during Homecoming weekend for FREE. Of note, the Homecoming soccer game has been moved back to Saturday, 10/16.

The schedule of fun events includes:

Friday, 10/15

JV Field Hockey vs. Rice at 5:30pm

Varsity Field Hockey vs Rice at 7pm

Saturday, 10/16

JV and Varsity Girls Soccer vs St. Albans at 10am

JV Boys Soccer vs Colchester at 4pm

Varsity Boys Soccer vs Colchester at 7pm.

Monday night’s game is a WHITE-OUT, so wear white apparel if you can!

For more information about the SBHS Booster Club, visit and click on “Athletic Boosters”

Go Wolves!

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School Nurse Notes

Help lower the spread of respiratory illnesses:

Last year we hardly saw any respiratory illnesses and certainly no influenza. This year, right from the start, we have been seeing respiratory viruses circulating (that are not COVID). We know this because most children are following the health department's illness guidelines, getting tested and many results are negative for COVID-19.

  • If your child has a COVID-19 test and it's negative, they may return to school when:
    • It has been 24 hours or more of no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine, AND

    • Other symptoms have resolved or markedly improved.

    • Please consider your child's symptoms before sending them back to school. For example, if they are still coughing, having a drippy nose or have low energy, they may not be ready for a day of learning, interacting with peers or wearing a mask for a good portion of the day. Keeping your child home also helps to minimize the spread of those respiratory germs to other children!

Please continue to fill out the Ruvna app each morning.


Ticks are hardy and stubborn and still active!

  • Check your body DAILY for ticks.

  • Check out the CDC's website for helpful information about tick bite prevention, tick identification, tick removal and symptoms to look for during tick season.

Be well,

Nurse Kerry Farrell

All Are Welcome!

We have more than 20 different languages spoken in GCS homes! Every few years our former art teacher, Ms. Wales, and our English Language teacher Ms. McGurn, have worked with students to research the flags and how to say hello in our home languages. These flags were updated last year and are hanging in our lobby. They have the name of the country on one side and the greeting on the other side to say "Welcome" as you enter our school!
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Featuring...3rd Grade! Click on the link to see the highlights!

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October 7th Update from Superintendent Young

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

And just like that, it was October. The leaves are starting to change, but the sun and warmth are hanging on, perfect for engaging in activities on our school grounds. Our outdoor tents are sure getting a lot of use! This week, we did not have any new COVID cases in our District. Thank you to families, students, and staff for your continued efforts! Having students back in school full time has been a welcome change from last year. I wanted to note a couple of important reminders: Friday October 8, the elementary schools will have an early release at 12:30 and the middle and high school will have a late start at 10:35. There will be no school Monday, October 11 in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Also, October 5 was World Teachers’ Day. Thank you to all of our amazing teachers who have shown tremendous resilience during these times!

I wanted to give a shout out to one of our South Burlington bus drivers Steve Rexford! He was featured in a recent episode of Seven Days’ Stuck in Vermont. (Psst, want to join the transportation team? Contact Kathy LaRock at 652-7479 or

Thanks also to everyone who attended my Zoom chat Tuesday night! A lot of valuable information was shared from Dr.’s Breena Holmes, Becca Bell, Ben Lee, and Denise Aronzon. I’ll be booking my next chat soon, especially as we anticipate more details on the potential emergency use authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5-11. Stay tuned!

Transportation Reminder

Families, please visit the District transportation page often as routes are frequently being updated. Thank you!

World Mental Health Day is October 10

Taking care of one’s mental health is paramount and this month the Howard Center will be offering a World Mental Health Day (WMHD) Speaker Series. It’s virtual, free, and weekly during October. The sessions are designed to nurture and support. The sessions are free, but registration is required here.

In addition, last weekend at the SBHS girls’ soccer game, the team advocated for student-athletes mental health through the Morgan’s Message organization. “Morgan’s Message amplifies stories, resources, and expertise to confront student-athlete mental health, builds a community by and for athletes, and provides a platform for advocacy. Morgan’s Message strives to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health within the student-athlete community and equalize the treatment of physical and mental health in athletics. They aim to expand the dialogue on mental health by normalizing conversations, empowering those who suffer in silence, and supporting those who feel alone.” A donation box was on site at the game.

SBHS Athletics Supports Winooski

SBSD Athletic Director Mike Jabour organized, in collaboration with the Winooski athletic director, an event last weekend to show support for the Winooski soccer team. The boys soccer team invited the Winooski team onto the field at their game and a statement of support was read stating that South Burlington unequivocally condemns racism in all its forms and stands by the students of Winooski. Jabour said, “The reason why we invited the Winooski team was to show support to their team, coach, and AD. It was a great atmosphere Saturday night. Our team was excited to have Winooski cheering us on.” Check out the coverage by MyNBC5. Well done!

FHTMS Live Stream Recordings

In case you missed it, on October 5, Chris Johnstone and Interim FHTMS Principal Dave Hyatt livestreamed important information for families. Check out the recordings on the topics below!

South Burlington Community Math Forum.

The South Burlington Community Math Forum: Review and Next Steps with Steve Leinwand will take place Thursday, October 14, 7-8 pm. There will be a quick, example-laden look at how and why middle and high school math must shift to best meet changing societal and workplace needs and address the impact of technology on every facet of our lives. This background will lead to a brief discussion of SBSD strengths and considerations for strengthening the math program. The session will end with an opportunity for questions and answers. For background on Steve see

SB Public Library Updates

South Burlington students have a new and unique resource this year: the new public library at 180 Market Street. The library staff and architects designed the building with all ages of children and adults in mind, incorporating comments made by youth and parents during the planning process.

The Marabella KidSpace has a Wiggle Room for playing and toddler storytimes, a Hangout for middle school students, the Katie O’Brien Activity Room for creating and collaborating, and lots of books to read in comfy corners. Children in fourth grade or lower must be accompanied by an adult, while those in fifth grade and up may attend the library unaccompanied.

On the second floor, The Loft, donated by a group of library supporters, includes a room for high school students, a study area, new Young Adult titles and reading steps. The adjacent Digital Lab is designed for instruction and will also be used afterschool for activities determined by a new Young Adult Advisory Board (apply here) to include gaming, crafts, training, book groups, board games and just hanging out.

School Happenings

SBHS Aviation Activity

New Career Development Center Director Nikki St. Mary noted that this Friday, some pilots from the National Guard will land a helicopter on the baseball field at 12:35-ish and will make themselves available to answer student questions about aviation. They will lift off and head back to the airport at 1:35. Students and staff are welcome to come outside and watch (the guard will mark off spectator space!) and connect with the pilots. It's supposed to be a beautiful day!

FHTMS Heritage Winooski Mill Museum Test Runs Exhibits with Tuttle Students

Language Arts teacher Edith Ainsley reported that the Heritage Winooski Mill Museum came to test run some new school exhibits with her TA students from Polaris last Thursday outdoors under the tent. “There was a student exhibits specialist who came to work with the director of this museum about refreshing their offerings and they wanted to test run them with my students because I bring my groups every year since we study the novel Counting on Grace about a girl facing the hardships of life at the now dismantled Pownal Mill. It's a very popular read for all my students, and we visit the museum to see firsthand some of the equipment used and to locate families who may be related from both the Irish and French Canadian immigrations to this area.

The kids were involved in asking questions about pictures of children at "work" in all kinds of occupations - newspaper sellers, farm work, mill work, and other industrial tasks. They guessed at their lives and then the realities were revealed to them. They were engaged, and even scandalized (!) by what they learned,” Ainsley said.

Gertrude Chamberlin Students Enjoy Virtual Author Visit

Recently, Mrs. Brown's class had a virtual author visit with Todd Parr. Todd Parr is the author of over 60 children's books, some of which Chamberlin has in its library. Last week held "Be Who You Are" day, which is a day Todd created to celebrate one of his books, Be Who You Are. Library Media Specialist Allison Balk wrote, “This book sends the message that we should embrace our differences and love ourselves for who we are! We've been reading some of his books in the library and the kids were so excited to get a chance to meet him on his live webinar. We had a great time celebrating, learning about his life, his dogs and why he started writing books. We even got to listen to him read his book Be Who You Are!”

Rick Marcotte Central Students Earn All Class Celebration

Ms. Cope's class earned an all-class celebration through RMCS’ PBIS framework. They voted to take a walking field trip to the new city library. Many students already had library cards and took out books. Those who did not yet have cards learned how to get one. We love having the new library so close to RMCS and look forward to many future collaborations with this community resource.

Orchard School Second Graders Make Catapults

Teacher Mrs. McLane reported that last week, her second-grade class made catapults as their Big Apple celebration. The children had a blast designing their catapults. They tested the strength of their catapults against cup towers and also tested the catapults for accuracy by shooting their cubes into a cup from one foot away!

Have a great weekend and hope you get outside to enjoy the sunny days! If you are looking for something to do, check out the Cannon 5k walk/run this Saturday, October 9! The fun begins at 9:30 am in front of SBHS. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Wear a superhero costume or the color green in honor of George's favorite superhero, the Green Lantern!



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Does Your Child Need Milk for Their Home Lunch?

Milk is NOT free for students who need a milk for their home lunch. The cost of a milk is 50 cents and parents/caregivers can send in a check, made out to South Burlington Nutritional Services, to credit their child's account or have money taken directly from an account to credit to your child's account. or use our online payment option through MySchoolBucks.

If you have any questions, please contact Rhonda Ketner

This school year ALL STUDENTS can have FREE Breakfast and Lunch! We would still ask everyone to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch form. See the links below for the form and the breakfast and lunch menus.