FAMILY FRIDAY FOCUS OCT 30, 2020

RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

DATES OF IMPORTANCE- MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Nov 3rd- Teacher Inservice (school in session Nov 2,4,5,and 6 that week for a 4 day week)

Nov 5th- Picture Retake Day at RMCS

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

Nov 25, 26, 27 Thanksgiving break - NO SCHOOL

Miss Spider's Tea Party, Celebrated in all of our RMCS Kindergartens

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Introducing our RMCS Student Support Team 2020- 2021

Dear Families, October, 2020


It has been so wonderful having your children back at school! We are reaching out to introduce our Student Support Team and share more about the various supports that RMCS provides for students and families.

Our Student Support Team includes a diverse mix of individuals who advocate for the overall wellness of our students. In collaboration with teachers, we seek to build and reinforce social emotional skills for all children.

We are very fortunate to be able to provide these preventative and responsive services and value our collaboration with you as parents. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us with additional questions or concerns at any time. Below you will find more details about the specific supports and services members of this team provide.


2020/21 RMCS Student Support Team


Kaitlyn Morrissey - School Counselor, Grades K-2: 652-7267; kmorrissey@sbschools.net. Schedule: Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri

Meaghan Rice - School Counselor, Grades 3-5: 652-7216; mrice@sbschools.net. Schedule: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri

School counselors are available to all students and provide preventive supports through classroom lessons, groups, lunch bunches as well as responsive services and short term individual support. School counselors are available to consult with parents and help find additional mental health resources as needed.


Michelle Cannon - School Nurse, 652-7208 mcannon@sbschools.net

Nurse Cannon provides student health and screening services. She also teaches health education classes on topics such as personal safety, puberty and changing bodies across the lifespan. In addition, Nurse Cannon advises and provides support around public health for the school, staff and students including allergen safety, immunizations and infectious diseases.


Sarah D’Agostino and Caitlin Mundy - School Based Clinician: 652-7283 sdagostino@sbschools.net cmundy@howardcenter.org

Sarah is a social worker employed by the Howard Center who works full time with students in grades K-5. Sarah has a caseload of students who are referred to her by the student support team. In addition to individual work and family support, Sarah often includes classroom peers to join in on regular lunch bunches.

Sarah begins her maternity leave this week and we will welcome Caitlin Mundy to our team until Sarah returns in April.


Ashley Wilson - Behavior Specialist and PBiS Coordinator 652-7207 awilson@sbschoools.net

Ashley is available to all students K-5 both proactively by encouraging positive behaviors and responsively supporting individuals or groups of students who are struggling with behavior. She coordinates our school PBiS team, which encourages RMCS students to follow our expectations of being Respectful, Mindful, and Cooperative.


Carol Blakely - English Language Learners (ELL) Educator 652- 7223 cblakely@sbschools.net

Carol works with students and families K-5 for whom english is not the primary language. She serves as a cultural bridge for students linking their native cultural experience with their experiences here in Vermont. Carol collaborates with classroom teachers to provide educational support to the students on her caseload.


Kristin Blanchette - School Based Therapist. kblanchette@sbschools.net Schedule: at RMCS on Thursdays

Kristin is a therapist from the Howard Center who provides individual therapy for students during the school day within the school building. Students are referred to Kristen by the student support team.


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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

Visits to the library at RMCS to begin, in addition to our sign out system already in place


Your student will be visiting the RMCS library to borrow library books. I am excited to have the students choose books in the library and will be following established Vermont Agency of Education guidelines to ensure their safety.


I have purchased bags for students to use during their library visit. This bag will also be used in their backpack to protect their borrowed library books from accidental spills. If you would like to give your student a more durable waterproof bag to use during their library visits, please do so. I will be exploring options and funding for getting more durable waterproof bags for library visits as we move forward.


Classroom library visits are beginning with 1st and 2nd grade classrooms. Next I’ll invite Kindergarten classrooms. Finally, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms will be invited. At this time, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students can order library books by logging in to “Destiny”, the RMCS library online catalog.


We encourage students to be responsible for keeping their books in a safe place at home and for returning them to the library. We always appreciate any parent's help to prompt their child to keep their books safe and clean and to return them to the library. Student check-outs are for two weeks, but they can request to renew their books if they are still reading them at the end of the two weeks.


If you have any questions or concerns, please email me, Colleen Springer, the RMCS Librarian at cspringer@sbschools.net, 652-7218. You can also email or call our staff librarians, Gwen Schuppe, gschuppe@sbschools.net, 652-7290 (7:30am - 11:00am) and Jen McGahey, jmcgahey@sbschools.net, 652-7290 (11:00am - 2:30pm).


Happy Reading,


Colleen Springer

RMCS Librarian

cspringer@sbschools.net

652-7218


What to do if you need to pick up your child during the school day or change their pick up plans?

When there is a change to pick up or drop off please send an email to the classroom teacher and copy the main office (sdattilio@sbschools.net).

Please just call the main office at 652 7200 when you pull up to the curb, and we will walk your student out to you. This is the same procedure if you need to drop off something to your child as well.

FAMILY DIRECTORY SIGN UP...Staying Connected

Do you like having the RMCS family directory to contact parents, play date plans and birthday party invites? Please fill-out the attached google form!



google form - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYQ6gbwrtBj7RZ_GUveDpG99W2Aj7DmgST5PauDxr2Gwfapw/viewform

fall is here...and physical education and recess is outside almost every day!

Our state safety and health guidelines for attending school during Covid require us to keep the gymnasium time limited. Physical Education will be outside as much as possible, unless it is raining. Please be sure that your child has footwear to be active and outside, as well as layers and a jacket to stay warm now that the weather is cooler. Gloves/mittens and a hat are needed as the thermometer drops! Please be sure you label your child's clothing and jackets with a permanent marker. When students have to use the gymnasium for PE, the activities will be lower impact, such as yoga, walking, etc. to avoid increased respiration.

RMCS SPIRIT WEAR ORDER FORMS

"Fall 2020 RMCS Spiritwear is here! Order items from https://rmcsfall2020.itemorder.com by Sunday, November 8th. Items are scheduled to be ready by the first week of December for pickup at the store or to be shipped. A portion of the proceeds will go to the RMCS PTO."

FAMILY CONVERSATION WITH JOELLE VANLENT

For four years, we have been working with Joelle VanLent, a clinical psychologist, on how to foster resilient learners in our district. Joelle has supported our work in social emotional learning, including self-regulation, and trauma informed practices. Each of our elementary schools has staff that have been trained by Joelle in resiliency strategies, and these "trainers" support other staff members in our schools. We know this is a very stressful time for families as well, and Joelle is able to create a tailored video to support our South Burlington elementary families. Instead of a live question and answer, we thought it would be best to get your questions and then record Joelle answering them so you could access the presentation for whenever it works for your schedule. If you would like to share your thoughts and questions, please feel free to complete whatever parts of the attached questionnaire that you would like.

Also, here is a great article on building resilient children during a pandemic from Joelle.

Health Information from our school nurses

What would Halloween be without costumes and candy? Please remember to keep candy at home for eating. Keep these social distancing best practices in mind to keep everyone safe.

  • Stay home if sick

  • Trick-or-treat with people you live with

  • Remain 6 feet apart from people not in your household

  • Wear a face mask covering BOTH your mouth and nose (even under/over your Halloween mask)

  • Hand sanitize (with sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol) frequently while out, especially during key times like before eating or after coughing/sneezing

  • Wash your hands as soon as you return home

The CDC outlines low, medium and higher risk activities to review when considering Halloween festivities. See the recommendations here.


RUVNA APP

If you make a mistake on the app:

(For example, pressing an illness symptom when your student is not ill), please call the front office at 652-7200 to report the mistake.


When your student is sick or staying home:

Please continue to fill out the Ruvna App and call the school's attendance line to report your student's absence. If you are emailing your student's teacher about an absence, please also phone in the absence.


We are trying to reach out to parents/guardians when a student stays home due to illness, to assist with next steps; if you are unsure if your student should be attending school, please contact me.



Information for Families: Return to School Following Illness

Thank you to everyone for helping our school stay healthy by adhering to The Return to School Following Illness Guidance from the Vermont Department of Health. I recognize it can be challenging for families and it is a shift for me as well.

Here are the links to the information in multiple languages:

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DESIGN A PRINCIPAL- YOUR INPUT MATTERS!




Please click the link below to add your input:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzPmGRBR_rCcP9DYMGy788mcNgYdR5avGs7jqg-oLLM_gB8A/viewform


As a way of best serving the community of South Burlington, I am asking all stakeholders (Parents, Students, Staff, Board, and Community Members) to select the top five important qualities they want displayed by the new administrator at Rick Marcotte Central School. This information will be collected now through Oct 30th. In a November "Family Friday Focus" we will share back the top five most selected characteristics. In February, this list will go out again to gain feedback on how well the top prioritize characteristics are being met and implemented. This will help me to make adjustments if necessary for the remaining part of the school year. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share what is important to you and your family!

You will see the SAME QUESTION 5 TIMES. Please choose one trait per question, for a total of 5 attributes. The last question asks your relationship to RMCS, but NOT for your name.

TRAVEL- CHECK THE MAP FIRST TO SEE WHAT COLOR YOUR DESTINATION IS!

Please remember that if you are travelling out of state, you need to follow the state guidelines about travel and quarantine if you go to a yellow or red county on the cross state travel map. The map is updated every Tuesday. If you are travelling out of state, please contact Nurse Cannon or the Main Office at 802 652 7200 so we can help guide you through next steps to keep your family and all of our RMCS families safe.

MARY STREET CLOSED TO RMCS

Please be advised, that effective 10/15/20 we are no longer able to use the Mary Street entrance to gain access to the RMCS parking lot or drop off circles. Please use the main entrance off Market Street, and then drive to the smaller loop for PRE K/K drop off, and the larger curbside drop off for grades 1-5. This is also true for dismissal times. This is for all families, staff/faculty, and community members.