WEEKLY FAMILY FOCUS Sept. 19, 2021
RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne
RMCS IS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT
NURSE NOTES AND UPDATES
We deeply recognize the strain and concern that the current COVID situation has had on our SBSD community. Some of you have been directly impacted either by obtaining COVID test(s) due to symptoms or being asked to quarantine your students with a follow-up test. The frustrated and worried feelings surrounding these situations may present with a myriad of emotions.
We must continue to slow the virus through mitigation strategies and work as a whole community. The efforts of each of us can make a difference. Please consider what decisions you can make, outside of school, to help decrease exposure risk. Please also keep your student home if they are not feeling well. Consider contacting your student's health care provider if symptoms arise. Even when experiencing mild symptoms, a COVID PCR test may be needed. Refer to these guidelines and notify the school nurse of test results.
COVID-19 Testing Options:
A PCR test may be obtained by scheduling on the testing site on the VT Department of Health's website or through your student's health care provider*. Depending on the testing site, results may be released anywhere from 24-72 hours. Antigen tests are not accepted tests at this time.
*some providers are recommending testing occur through the health department rather than at their office.
Hang in there; we will get through this, with support from one another.
Important Dates to Note:
Friday, September 24th - 12:30 Dismissal, Staff PD
Friday, October 1st- RMCS PTO Family Directory Info Due to PTO
Wed. Oct 6th - RMCS Picture Day
PTO MEETING DATES: PTO Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
10/12-6:00 under the tent outside at RMCS
11/9 -Zoom (too cold outside)
NO Dec meeting
TEACHER FEATURE: Welcome Ms. Sevigny to 2nd Grade
RMCS is excited to welcome Ms. Julia Sevigny as a second-grade teacher. Ms. Sevigny is originally from Rocky Hill, CT and is a 2020 graduate of St. Michael's College. Ms. Sevigny majored in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. She was also a member of the varsity softball team. St. Michael's is hosting an official commencement ceremony for their 2020 graduates this weekend. Congratulations to Ms. Sevigny as she celebrates her work! Here are a few other quick facts about Ms. Sevigny:
Favorite subject: writing
Favorite children's book: anything by Kevin Henkes
Favorite thing about Vermont: being outdoors--especially skiing
Favorite thing about RMCS: the collaborative work with her teammates and her sweet, fun students
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Results for 4th and 5th Grade Families
If you are the parent of a 4th or 5th grader, your child's results from our national spring SBAC assessments will be mailed home on September 22nd. Along with the results, you will find a letter explaining the assessments, how they are used in the district and how to interpret your child's assessment information. If you have questions about your child's assessment, please call us at 652-7200.
Congratulations to Mrs. Carrie Rice: A Special Thank You!
Join the SCHOOL BOARD- OPEN SEAT
The South Burlington School Board is seeking a candidate to fill a five-month vacancy on the School Board. On September 8, 2021 Rebecca Day tendered her resignation from the board. The board is working to fill the resulting vacancy within 30 days, by October 8, in order to comply with state statute. The candidate appointed by the remaining board members would serve until March 1, 2022 when voters will choose someone to fill the remaining two years of Ms. Day’s term. The appointed candidate would have the opportunity to run for election for the remainder of the term if they chose.
Potential applicants with questions about the role may contact any school board member(s) using their contact information found on this page. Interested citizens, who are legal voters of South Burlington, should submit 1) Board Vacancy Application 2021 and 2) a resume to Delina Gilroy at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than:
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Candidate interviews may be scheduled during the October 6th board meeting
Drop OFF Times in the Mornings- Class begins at 8:10
Now that we all know how to drop off safely by pulling up to the curb, after the busses leave at 8am....we are starting classes promptly at 8:10 am. Please drop off your child(ren) by car between 8am and 8 :08 so they have time to pick up FREE Breakfast and get to class by 8:10 am.
Anyone coming in after 8:15 is marked tardy, and has missed out on the announcements about the day. Thanks for helping us to get started all together!
ADD YOUR CONTACT INFO TO THE PTO FAMILY DIRECTORY
The RMCS PTO publishes a family directory each year - free of charge. The directory is used for families to contact other parents, make play date plans, send birthday party invites, etc. If you would like to be included, please fill out our online form or the paper copy today. Information is due OCTOBER 1st.
Mrs.Appleby's Class Earned a PBIS CELEBRATION which included meeting Tux the dog outside! Smiles all around!
Changing Your Child's Regular Transportation Schedule?
Just a reminder if you are picking up your child or changing their daily routine schedule, please notify your teacher and main office prior to two o’clock. Last minute changes after 2:00 are very difficult to accommodate, as we dismiss over 400 young people. Thanks for your help in making sure the main office and your child's teacher know about any changes as early as possible on that given day.
BUSSES- Your Own Bus Only Please
Reminder: Students cannot ride on different buses (other than their assigned bus) due to covid precautions and assigned seats.
Please check the bus schedule on our website ,as the bus schedule gets adjusted these first few weeks of school, updated bus times are on the website under families tab and then the transportation tab.
One Class Sharing What They Want Their CLassroom to FEEL LIKE, LOOK LIKE, and SOUND LIKE this year as they build classroom culture together!
Snacks and Birthdays
There are no community snacks or birthday snacks in our school. Students are asked to bring in a daily snack and to follow any allergy guidelines that you received from Nurse Cannon and the classroom teacher. We do not share snack or lunch items.
RMCS HIRING- Current Open Positions
Interventionists- Full time
Recess and Lunch Supervisors (3 hours a day)
Sub Caller (10 hours a week from home)
Substitute Teachers (1 full time floating sub, 5 days a week, now through Dec.)
Substitute Teachers- Flexible scheduling
Please apply via SchoolSpring.com or call Kathleen Kilbourne for more information at 652-7200.
Safe Use of Technology
Students are reviewing expectations on how to use technology in our district! In grades 2-5, each child has a chromebook that they use at school for learning. In the event that we have to quarantine a class/grade level, chromebooks will come home (with grades 2- 5) so students can access their learning online. Please view the SBSD Elementary Chromebook Responsibility Agreement below and have a conversation with your child about using technology safely and responsibly - and feel free to use the same expectations on devices at home.
Daily Health Screening - Ruvna App
Families will again be required to complete the daily health screening questions about your child's health status through an email or text through an app called Ruvna. Please be sure to complete it daily before your child comes to school. Nurse Cannon follows up by phone with families who have not completed the health screening questions. Thank you!
Information from Superintendent Young 9 17 21
September 17, 2021
Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,
Welcome to Friday. For most families, students, and staff, we have already been back to school for close to a month! I hope school is going well for you all and that students and staff are both enjoying and slowly adjusting to the return to in person learning and activities. We are always closely watching the VT COVID dashboard, the latest guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and the CDC, and frequently communicating with area Districts to stay on top of any new recommendations; then determining how those fit with our District. So far this year, we have only had one class that needed to quarantine (at Orchard School) last week due to a member of our learning community testing positive. Thank you for continuing to follow protocols to help protect yourself and others both in and outside of school. See further updates below.
Yesterday’s Situation at the MS/HS
First of all, I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding yesterday as I, along with the administrative team and our public safety personnel worked to respond quickly and safely to the situation that took place. I have received some feedback around the timeliness of our communication out to parents/guardians regarding this situation. Thank you and please know you have been heard. I am going to be working with my team going forward to see how we can fine tune our process to make messages go out more quickly in the future, but please know that our first priority during emergencies is to make sure students and staff are safe, then communicate. This also gives us an opportunity to, in this case, talk to our SBPD and administrators to ensure that we are sharing accurate information and protecting student and staff privacy. Thank you to our entire community and I will be in touch when I have more information to share.
Mental Health: The Importance of Caring for Ourselves
I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the stress we have all been enduring this past year and a half. Navigating personal and professional pressures while continuing to live in this unpredictable pandemic world is a challenge to say the least. As I have watched our families, students, and staff make a full time return to school, COVID concerns and precautions have been ever present even as we experience the excitement of being together in person. Last weekend, PATH (Planned Action Toward Health) offered this webinar for school staff titled, “You’re not the only one who feels this way” which offered helpful tips and conversation. Additional resources include: COVID SupportVT, First Call for Chittenden County, and our school counselors. If you need or want to talk to someone, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You are not alone.
Update from the School Board: Join Us!
The South Burlington School Board is seeking a candidate to fill a five-month vacancy on the School Board. On September 8, 2021 Rebecca Day tendered her resignation from the board. The board is working to fill the resulting vacancy within 30 days, by October 8, in order to comply with state statute. The candidate appointed by the remaining board members would serve until March 1, 2022 when voters will choose someone to fill the remaining two years of Ms. Day’s term. The appointed candidate would then have the opportunity to run for election for the remainder of the term if they chose. Potential applicants with questions about the role may contact any school board member(s) using their contact information found on this page. Interested citizens, who are legal voters of South Burlington, should submit 1) Board Vacancy Application 2021 and 2) a resume to Delina Gilroy at email@example.com no later than: Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 4:00 pm Candidate interviews may take place at the October 6 board meeting.
The next regular school board meeting will take place next Wednesday, September 22. Watch for the agenda and Zoom link on the District website under announcements later today. You can also stream the meeting via The Media Factory website or attend in person at the FHTMS library. Board Chair Bridget Burkhardt and board member Brian Minier will also hold pop-in Zoom chats this coming Monday from noon-1 pm and 5-6 pm respectively. Find the participation information here.
Thanks for Attending my Zoom Chat!
Thanks to all who attended my Zoom chat this past week including Heather Danis, Public Health District Director at the Vermont Department of Health, General Pediatrician Breena Holmes, and Dr. Ben Lee, associate professor of pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases specialist at the UVM Larner College of Medicine. We discussed a range of COVID related health and safety topics and several resources were shared including the VT COVID dashboard, the current VT PreK-12 COVID data, guidance around travel and quarantine, and mask recommendations and ideas. As a reminder, we in the SBSD, both vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff will continue to wear masks in all of our schools until further notice. Stay tuned for my next Zoom coming in October.
Surveillance Testing Update
The SBSD will soon begin participating in voluntary COVID19 surveillance testing every other Monday District wide. We are encouraging participation from both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals and feel this will be a valuable tool to guide our decision making throughout the school year. I will be sending out information this afternoon to families and staff that will include the links to the consent form required for all those interested in participating in testing. Parents/guardians will need to fill out this form for each of their student(s). Students 18 and over can fill out their own consent form.
We are currently exploring our staffing options in order to make this happen! That’s where you come in! If you are interested in assisting (these are paid positions!) you will need to attend training prior to joining us. Please email Delina Gilroy at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find more information about testing in this informational video from CIC. In the meantime, the state continues to offer numerous options for getting a COVID19 test if you need or want one.
COVID Symptoms and Testing
Please remember to continue filling out your/your student(s) RUVNA app daily. Students and staff should stay home if they are not feeling well. If COVID-19 symptoms arise while at school, those individuals will be sent home. Next, consider contacting your student(s)/your healthcare provider. Even when experiencing mild symptoms, whether vaccinated or not, a COVID PCR test may be needed (at a testing site or through a healthcare provider). If testing occurred due to symptoms, the individual should stay home and avoid others, while awaiting the COVID test results.
SBHS Hires New Drama Director!
SBHS is excited to announce that Julia DiFerdinando will be SBHS’ new Drama Director! Ms. DiFerdinando is a 2011 graduate of UVM where she studied theater. After graduation, she studied and worked at Chicago’s prestigious Second City Comedy Club. Currently, she serves as the Creative Director for the Vermont Comedy Club. She will serve as the producer of the annual SBHS Key Club talent night and will plan, along with SBHS Choral Director Aimee Bushey, the fall musical. We are so excited to welcome Julia!
Farm to Go Program Kicks off for the Year at FHTMS!
Once again for the 2021-2022 school year, the Common Roots Farm-to-Go program is back! According to Carol McQuillen and Rebecca Chapdelaine, each week students have the opportunity to cook and then bring home their culinary creations to their family dinner tables. This week, student-chefs went home with a pasta chicken (organic) salad, made with farm-fresh veggies from a local farm which the students selected. They also made a salad with homemade dressing and cookie dough to bake at home.
This six-week course fills up fast and sessions one and two have already sold out! Common Roots uses a sliding scale fee to facilitate access. Scholarships are also available. Sign up forms are available for session three at the middle school front office. Thanks to Health Teacher, Maureen Locker, who helps coordinate this program with Common Roots.
The Common Roots Farmstand at South Village supports both the elementary program Farm to School program and this dynamic Farm to Go six-week course. In 13 years, Common Roots has helped student-chefs prepare over 13,000 meals!
Gertrude Chamberlin Students Tour the CSWD Materials Recovery Facility (MRF!)
Fourth graders in Chris Provost’s class were recently introduced to the MRF building by CSWD’s (Chittenden Solid Waste District) "Recycle Rhonda". They learned about how the plant works and took a tour and were reminded that the first step in limiting waste is reducing what they use, then reusing, and finally recycling. Students were also reminded that all items that go into the blue bins must be washed out. Later this year, students will create WeVideos and posters of what they learned to share with the wider school community.
Rick Marcotte 5th Graders Earn PBIS Celebration
Students in Mrs. Cooper’s class recently earned a PBIS (positive behavioral interventions and supports) celebration themed “Yes Day!” When students asked if they could play games for 10 minutes, of course, the answer had to be yes! Well done!
Orchard Students Celebrate International Dot Day
International Dot Day took place September 15 and Orchard School students participated in this global celebration based on a book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The story reminds students to take risks and try new things as they begin this new school year. All 400+ students have heard the tale and designed their own dots that now adorn the hall outside of the library. Many classes also have participated in dot activities from BreakoutEdu, StickTogether and QuiverVision. Please follow @OrchardVT on Twitter or @OrchardSchoolVT on Instagram to see images from this fun event.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the weekend!