Gertrude Chamberlin School

Family Newsletter January 14, 2022 Volume 16 Issue 19

IMPORTANT DATES:

Monday, January 17th - No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, January 28th - Early Release, 12:30 PM Dismissal for Staff Development

February 4th - Report Cards Come Home

Earliest Arrival Time For School is 7:55 AM

Just a reminder that students cannot enter the building until 7:55, and there is no supervision until this time. Please do not drop your child off or have your child walk to school before this time. Thank you!

Farm to School In the New Year

Here's what our Farm to School topics will be for the remainder of the year. We are looking forward to our upcoming lessons!

Farm to School Weeks at Chamberlin:


1/31-2/4: Cabbage


3/2-3/7: Microgreens


3/28-4/1: Maple Syrup


4/11-4/15: Olive Oil + Foraging


5/9-5/13: Spring Planting, Radishes, Peas, Spinach

Keeping Your Children Safe With Technology At Home

Are you looking for a media agreement or technology contract to help your student be responsible with technology at home? Are you wondering if an app, movie, game or book is appropriate for your child? You can find these kinds of resources on our SB Tech for Students and Families site under Home Resources!

Reading at GCS: 1st Grade Read Aloud, Non-fiction Reading in 2nd Grade, Independent Reading in Kindergarten and Analyzing Poetry in 5th Grade

Continuous Improvement Team

Every VT school is required to create a Continuous Improvement Plan to make sure that we are monitoring student progress and looking to improve our systems to support all students. The Continuous Improvement Team meets right after school, typically once a month on Mondays. We are looking for a parent representative who could give us input on our goals for next year. Goals are aligned to our district goals in the areas of Safe and Healthy Schools, Social Emotional Learning and Academic Proficiency. If you are interested in being on our Continuous Improvement Team, please email me at hrouelle@sbschools.net or call 802-652-7401.

SBSD Community Engagement Survey

In response to COVID-19 and its impact on student learning, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) was signed into law by the federal government in March of 2021 and provides funds to support the Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund (ESSER). School districts across the State of Vermont have been asked by the Vermont Agency of Education to create Recovery Plans to outline how we will support our students using Federal ESSER funds.


For the third phase of funding, SBSD will be awarded $3,103,484. Federal guidance requires that all funds must be spent to address the ongoing impact of the pandemic specifically targeting three pillars: Social-Emotional Learning, Student Engagement, and Academic Success. We are seeking community input on how best to meet the needs of SBSD learners in these areas.


Here is a link to the presentation that will help you understand the proposed spending using these funds...supports in the survey directly linked to GCS are on slide 6.


https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1oCrof8pqDfoXN23_m35_kivcmwF77dmQ2VIiIcrRhFw/edit#slide=id.g10660208eb5_0_8


Please take a few minutes to provide us feedback on our proposed uses for these funds below. You can also read more about how we have spent recovery funds so far and review more detailed information on our Recovery Plan on our SBSD Recovery Planning/ESSER website:
https://sites.google.com/view/sbsdrecoveryplanningesser/home


Survey Link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyB3fWkJoqN_DShAccoWfRJ8LNd8mA1Exk5pJTqzgWrzHEOA/viewform

Job Opportunity at GCS

Chamberlin School is a great place to work! We are currently hiring for a BUS MONITOR. This would mean supporting a student riding the bus from 7:10-8:10 AM, daily. If you or anyone you know might be interested in this position, please call Mrs. Baechle at 802-652-7403 or email Ms. Rouelle at hrouelle@sbschools.net.

South Burlington Public Library

Click on the link below for our January events!


We are open at our new location on 180 Market Street.

Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm

The Book Drop is available at our new location. It is to the RIGHT of the City Hall Drop Box, around the corner.


Natacha Liuzzi

Children’s Specialist

South Burlington Public Library

180 Market Street

South Burlington VT 05403

802-846-4140

Highlights from 4th Grade!

Time to Order Your Yearbook!


It's time to order your 2021-2022 yearbook! It comes in full color with tons of pictures and are only $20.00! You can also order personalization for an extra $2 and $1 for each icon. You can order online at https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09886709. Deadline to order is April 22nd, 2022. All orders are online. This year, the cover will be artwork from our awesome 5th graders! If you have questions about the yearbook, please contact Heather Osborne at dauben20@gmail.com

3rd Graders Learning Gymnastics Moves in Physical Education

School Nurse Notes

GET THE MOST PROTECTION WITH A BOOSTER SHOT!

You should get a booster if you are 12 or older and you received:

  • your Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago or
  • your second dose of Moderna vaccine at least six months ago or
  • your second dose of Pfizer vaccine at least five months ago


COVID19 Pfizer Booster Clinics for Students

The SBSD, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health, will be holding FREE COVID19 Pfizer booster clinics for eligible students on January 20 during the school day at SBHS and January 21 during the school day at FHTMS. To find out more, check out SBHS Information here and here for FHTMS specific Information. Pre Registration is required on the VT Dept of Health Event Portal. We are encouraging anyone who is eligible, to please get your booster or if you haven’t already, get vaccinated. You can find a list of vaccine clinics here.


A Note on Masks

At this week’s press briefing from the Governor, Dr. Mark Levine mentioned the importance of ensuring that one wears a high quality mask (Kn95, etc.) in indoor spaces and when around others. At a minimum, layering a surgical mask over a cloth mask is recommended. We highly encourage staff and students to wear these types of masks to help bolster protection for oneself and others.


PLEASE SEND ME A COPY OF YOUR CHILD'S COVID VACCINATION CARD AFTER YOUR CHILD HAS THEIR SECOND DOSE.


Thank you and be well,.


Kerry Farrell

Parenting Supports from Prevent Child Abuse VT

Greetings from the Family Support Team at PCAVT!


Please see below for upcoming programs, ALL ON ZOOM. All programs are being offered over Zoom and are FREE to Vermont residents. Each of the sessions will run for between 60-90 minutes – on average, it takes 12 sessions to complete the program and receive a certificate of completion.


Please feel free to contact Michelle Richling, Family Support Programs Director, at mrichling@pcavt.org or 802-498-0623, with any questions or be in touch with us at familysupport@pcavt.org or 1-800-CHILDREN if you are interested in attending any of these programs.


Circle of Parents

Circle of Parents is a professionally facilitated, peer led

support group for parents and other caregivers.


Ongoing Groups:


• Circle of Parents with Children Identifying as LGBTQ (Weds at 6:30 pm)

• Circle of Parents for Single Moms - (Thursdays at 5:00 pm)

• Circle of Parents of Teens - (Mondays at 10:00 am)

• Circle of Support for Moms of Color (Wednesdays at 10:00 am)

• Circle of Parents in Recovery (Wednesdays at 5:30 pm)

• Circle of Parents (open to all) (Thursdays at 10:00 am)

• Circle for Adoptive & Post-Permanent Families (Thursdays at 5:00 pm)

• Circle for Adoptive & Post-Permanent Families (Thursdays at 8:00 pm)


Nurturing Parenting Programs


Nurturing Parenting Programs are curriculum-based, parenting education

programs for families experiencing stress.


Upcoming Nurturing Parenting Programs:

  • Nurturing Program for Young Parents - starting Jan 25, Tuesdays 4:30-6
  • Nurturing Skills for Families - starting Jan 10, Mondays 5:30-7:30pm
  • Nurturing Skills for Families - starting Jan 11, Tuesdays 10am -12pm
  • Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Use Recovery - starting Jan 19, Mondays 6-8pm.
  • Nurturing Father’s Program - starting Jan 12, Wednesdays 6-8pm
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Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet - Technicool Presentation for Parents

FREE for Vermont Residents

February 23rd 6:30-7:30pm


There are multiple kinds of digital risks for children today, such as internet pornography, online groomers, and sexting. It is important for caregivers and teachers to have the information and tools to respond. Adults in this workshop will: a) learn the digital risks for children and strategize ways to keep children and youth safe in digital environments and b) learn effective strategies for dealing with children exhibiting concerning digital behaviors. Please join us to learn how to support youth in digital environments!


We invite Vermont schools and childcare centers to share this digital invitation with all parents and caregivers within their community. Space will be limited, so please register to attend in advance.


Questions? E-mail Kirstie Grant

January 13th Update from Superintendent Young

January 13, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

What a week! Between the extreme cold and ever changing guidance around COVID protocols for schools, I understand and can appreciate that the start to 2022 has felt like a bit of a rollercoaster. I wanted to let you know I have been in regular contact with the AOE, my administrative team, and fellow Champlain Valley Superintendents this week and the common thread is that we are all working hard to take in the latest information and decide what is best and safest for our respective students, staff, and districts. I have been focusing on trying to help diminish stress and fears for all. The latest guidance around testing and contact tracing from the AOE (see more on that below) indicates many things we are expected to do and provide, however, to date we do not have the supplies needed to distribute antigen tests widely. More information will be forthcoming, but in the meantime, let's remember to be thoughtful and compassionate with ourselves and one another as we continue to navigate Covid.

Upcoming Dates of Note:

January 14 and 15: FHTMS Play Peter and the Starcatcher, SBHS Auditorium at 7 pm.Tickets ($10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors) may be purchased at the door or in advance here. Masks are required for all attendees. Here too is the Livestream for the Saturday show.

January 17: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 19: Regular School Board Meeting

January 20: SBHS COVID19 Pfizer Booster Clinic for students

January 20: Channel 17 FY23 Budget presentation

January 21: FHTMS COVID19 Pfizer Booster Clinic for students

COVID19 Pfizer Booster Clinics for Students

The SBSD, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health, will be holding FREE COVID19 Pfizer booster clinics for eligible students on January 20 during the school day at SBHS and January 21 during the school day at FHTMS. To find out more, check out SBHS Information here and here for FHTMS specific Information. Pre Registration is required on the VT Dept of Health Event Portal. We are encouraging anyone who is eligible, to please get your booster or if you haven’t already, get vaccinated. You can find a list of vaccine clinics here.

A Note on Masks

At this week’s press briefing from the Governor, Dr. Mark Levine mentioned the importance of ensuring that one wears a high quality mask (Kn95, etc.) in indoor spaces and when around others. At a minimum, layering a surgical mask over a cloth mask is recommended. We highly encourage staff and students to wear these types of masks to help bolster protection for oneself and others.



FY23 Administration Proposed Budget Approved by Board

Last night, our school board held a special meeting dedicated to the proposed FY23 budget. After a presentation by myself and members of my administrative team, the board unanimously approved the administration’s recommended budget

You can watch the presentation at the Media Factory website and the slides are posted to our SBSD Budget webpage. Our next regular school board meeting is Wednesday, January 19 with our annual budget presentation at Channel 17 occurring January 20 at 5:30 pm. The city will hold their forum January 25 at 5:30 pm. Forums air live on Comcast channel 1087, online at www.ch17.tv, and will be live-streamed on Town Meeting TV's YouTube Channel. The public is invited to participate virtually and viewers are encouraged to call 802-862-3966 to ask their municipal officials, District staff, and board members questions.

Run for the School Board: Petition Deadline Approaching

We are going to have three openings on our school board in March and we’d love YOU to join us! We held a Zoom Q and A recently with current and former board members as well as City Clerk Donna Kinville to give people a feel for what it’s like to be a board member. Ready to run? Petitions for local office are due by 5:00 pm January 24. A petition requires at least 30 valid signatures of registered voters of South Burlington. We strongly encourage anyone who is considering running to please contact the City Clerk's office to get the appropriate forms and to get some guidance on filling out petitions and deadlines. You can find the forms here. You can also contact any current board member to learn more!

Executive Director of Equity Hiring Committee: Deadline to Apply January 18

Last week, I mentioned our excitement around our continued forward momentum in the hiring process for an Executive Director of Equity for SBSD. The District has engaged the services of Rhiannon Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP, Ed.D. Candidate, as educational consultant to coordinate the search process. This position will be crucial to the District as we continue to work to support all of our learners and the South Burlington District as a whole in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion and as such, we want YOU to be part of this process!

The involvement of the school community is important to the success of this selection process. Any staff member, student, family and/or community member who is actively interested in participating in the selection process for the Executive Director of Equity is encouraged to complete the Google Application form by Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

School Happenings

SBHS Student Projects Focus on Mental Health

Teacher Erin Randall shared that her students in Health class recently created infographics for a summative assignment to measure the skill of advocacy and the content area of mental health. One of these projects, created by student Katie Ford, is directed to parents/caregivers. Other images and guides created included information on exercising for mental health, suicide prevention, coping with anxiety, and how to be an advocate. Well done!

FHTMS S.O.A.R. Blackout Day January 14

Co-Advisors of S.O.A.R. (Students Organizing Against Racism) Gary Russell and Cam Basden reported that S.O.A.R. students will be sponsoring January's "Blackout Day" tomorrow heading into MLK Jr. Day. Students and staff are encouraged to support them in their efforts, as a show of community and solidarity and to display support for ending racism and denouncing prejudice.

Gertrude Chamberlin Staff Strength Training Initiative

You may recall from one of my previous updates that staff at GCS began an after school walking group this school year. Now that the temperatures have plummeted, they have found another way to offer fitness opportunities to their staff: strength and conditioning in the music room with our very own Al Thompson (Director of School’s Out who happens to be a personal trainer as well!)! GCS received a grant through VEHI to offer this program to staff. It was all set to begin this week, but due to the COLD closure, the start was delayed until next week. Participants can expect to gain confidence, knowledge, strength, and have fun with coworkers while exercising!

RMCS Students Learn about Instrument Families and Orchestras

Music teacher Hilary Sales has been enjoying teaching her K-2 students about instrument families and orchestras. Sales recently read the book, "I Know a Shy Fellow who Swallowed a Cello" to her classes and used it as a jumping off place to begin her unit. In the coming days, students will be learning about the string, brasswind, woodwind and percussion families as well as the role of the conductor in the orchestra. Students will also be learning about world instruments. In a normal year, Sales noted, she would have an instrument “petting zoo” but in lieu of that, she is reaching out to local musicians who can share their passion with students via Zoom.

Orchard School to Honor MLK Day at All School Zoom

An all school Zoom will take place tomorrow at Orchard School to honor MLK day. There are a few components to the Zoom and one of them will be a brief launch of the Orchard Steps Up Project. This project will break from the monthly Share 0ut format of the Reading to Raise Antiraciststs book series because individuals will be connecting January’s book The Power of Her Pen about a Civil Rights Era journalist, with the following quote by Dr. King : “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Students will have the opportunity to show what they want to take a stand for.The idea is that standing up for a worthy cause, sometimes even in the face of adversity, can help bring about change and many times it starts with one small step. Classes will discuss what it means to stand up for one’s beliefs and each student will create footsteps to show the ways in which they are “taking a stand.”

The temperatures are supposed to fall drastically again late Friday into Saturday, so please stay safe and warm!

Thanks for reading,

David

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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 rketner@sbschools.net.

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.