RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

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February...the month filled with LOVE and COMPASSION

Hello RMCS Families,

As we start the month of February I am reminded of how important connections and relationships are to us all, especially our young children during this pandemic time that can be isolating.

I am sharing a fun 'parent read' suggestion with you all about the 5 Love Languages for Children. This books identifies the 5 ways we most often want to recieve love, and therefore how we are likely most comfortable giving love. As author Gary Chapman points out our children may have a different love language or preference then we do for expressions of love.

There is a quick/free suvey you can do with your child, and also one for teens and adults that can be found on line as well or at the link below.

I will be doing a door prize of THIS BOOK FREE, at our PTO Meeting 2/8 on zoom. Anyone who attends the PTO Meeting will be entered to win! 1 ticket per person.

This could be a fun family project over the Feb break to do together.

Wishing you all a month filled with happiness, friendship, and love!


Principal Kilbourne

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School Nurse Notes and Updates

For Individuals with Continuous Household Exposure:

(someone in the household has tested positive)

If Fully Vaccinated (14 days have passed from 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine):

It is recommended that they test every 3 to 5 days while their household contact is in isolation and for 5 consecutive days after the household contact ends isolation.

If Not Fully Vaccinated (has not received any COVID vaccines or has received only one vaccine):
It is recommended that they test daily while their household contact is in isolation, and for 5 consecutive days after the household contact ends isolation.

Please notify the school, if your student has household exposure and you need test kits, so that your student may attend school. We'll do our best to supply kits based on availability.

If an individual had COVID within the last 90 days:

Testing is not recommended. If symptomatic, contact your healthcare provider.

IF Your Student Has COVID-19 Symptoms:

  • Please continue to TEST!
    • Take 2 rapid antigen tests as close to 24 hours apart as possible OR

    • Sign up for State of Vermont Run Testing OR

    • Contact your student's primary care clinician who can order a PCR/LAMP test.
      • Please keep your student home while waiting for the PCR test results.

    • If test results are negative, please do not send your student back to school sick. They must feel better, with symptom improvement, before returning to school.


These testing protocols are updates based on guidance from the Vermont Agency of Education.

RMCS has made the following changes to its COVID-19 procedures effective 2/1/22.


  1. The school learns of a positive case in a student or staff member.

  2. The school notifies parents/caregivers that there is a case in their student’s class. Classmates are considered “presumptive contacts.” The notification includes the test kit request process and testing recommendations.


Students who are presumptive contacts from school exposure will be offered take home antigen test kits. Please note the AOE has stated that schools should not monitor compliance of test pick-up nor the use of test kits.

A google form link will be included in the notification letter for a parent to request antigen test kits. Kits will be distributed based on the form responses and availability. A 12:30 daily deadline for form submission is requested, so staff can arrange for kit distribution (students’ backpacks).

Test availability: SBSD relies on the Agency of Education to supply test kits. Our strategy may shift if supplies are not available to keep up with the need.


Presumptive contacts receive a different number of kits depending on their vaccination status.

  1. If Fully Vaccinated (completed the Pfizer vaccine series and are 5-17 years old)

    1. Can receive 2 tests

    2. Tests should be used on the 4th and 5th days after learning of their presumptive exposure.

  2. If Not Fully Vaccinated:

    1. Can receive 5 tests.

    2. Tests should be used for the next 5 consecutive days after receiving them.

  3. If Had COVID within the last 90 days:

    1. Testing is not recommended. If symptomatic, contact your healthcare provider.

Students who test POSITIVE: keep your child home and follow the steps in What to Do if You Test Positive for COVID-19 , let Michelle Cannon (mcannon@sbschools.net) know, and please report this on the Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 Self-Test Reporting Form.

Staff who test POSITIVE: see links above for students, stay home, notify Maura Sawtelle (msawtelle@sbschools.net) and your direct supervisor and put an absence in AESOP.


Presumptive school contacts do NOT need to quarantine during their testing periods.


Video instructions on how to use the "At Home" antigen tests we supplied each child with on Friday 1/28/22.



This link provides information about COVID TESTING in multiple languages. Please scroll down to see all the language options included:


Here are video links in a variety of languages to demonstrate how to use a rapid antigen test:

English | العربية /Arabic | မြန်မာစာ/Burmese | دری / Dari | Français/French | Kirundi | Maay Maay | नेपाली/Nepali | پښتو/Pashto | Soomaali | Español /Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese

FREE RAPID ANTIGEN TEST- Delivered right to your house! 4 per household! Register below

Individuals can order FREE rapid antigen tests through the USPS or at COVIDtests.gov. Tests are limited to 4 per household and are anticipated to ship out later this month. If you are looking to get a PCR test, there are many weekly and often daily, free opportunities in Chittenden County to have one done.

Important Dates:


Feb 8th- PTO Meeting on Zoom 6:00- 7:00pm

Feb 11th- Early Release Day, 12:30 dismissal

Feb. 21- Mar. 1 Winter Break

Feb. 23rd- Technicool Presentation for Parents- Internet Safety (see below)

PTO MEETING DATES: PTO Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month, via zoom.






Tuesday, Feb. 8th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Welcome to Ms.Bulle

Hello! My names Zahara Bulle or Ms. Bulle. I just recently graduated from Castleton University with my K-5 teaching license and K-12 special education license. I grew up in Burlington Vermont, and I enjoy doing activities such as painting, hiking, and listening to music. At RMCS I am a behavioral interventionist working with the younger grades. I am so happy to be a part of the RMCS family and get to know more students and staff as the year continues!
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Valentine's Day Guidelines

This year, after speaking with the other 2 Elem Principals and our district nurses, we have collectively decided that student's may bring in Valentine's Day Cards to share with classmates as long as:

1. There is one card for everyone in the class

2. This is for cards only, NO food or Candy attached

3, This is optional, not required...participate if you wish

4. They can be store bought or homemade

IF you have an extra pack of Valentine's, or cards that you did not use, please feel free to send them in to the Main Office, as we try and keep some extras on hand, in case we have a student who would like to participate, but has not purchased any with their family. We will ensure there is access for any child that expresses an interest in this tradition.

Thank you for helping us to make this safe and successful by following these simple guidelines.

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Virtual Family Field Trips

If Coldvid (cold temperatures and Covid) have you feeling trapped—consider taking your children on virtual field trips around the world. Explore museums, zoos, National Parks, interesting landmarks, or even bring 3D virtual animals into your home! Check out these amazing resources for hundreds of FREE Virtual Field Trips and Virtual Animals!

Explore the Olympics, Antarctica, Space, Pyramids, Sharks, Volcanoes, National Parks, and virtually anywhere from any device or observe 3D virtual wolves, pandas, cheetahs, sharks, eagles, tigers, and more from any mobile device!

RMCS still has open positions for:

Interventionists- Full time 1:1 support with a student on an IEP

Recess/Lunch Supervisors (3 hours a day)- even just 1 day a week!

Substitute Teachers ( 1 full time floating sub, 5 days a week)

Substitute Teachers- Flexible scheduling, work when you want/can

Please apply via SchoolSpring.com or call Kathleen Kilbourne for more information at 652-7201.

RMCS K Students Celebrate 100 Days of School!

Our Salmon are growing!

The Salmon in Mr.Knepp's 4th grade are currently in the alevin stage. That means they are a little baby fish with the egg still attached. Their getting the nutrients from the egg until they are large enough to eat bugs.
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First Graders at RMCS Celebrate the 101st Day of School in True 101 Dalmation Style

South Burlington Public Library Kid's Event Calendar- FEB CLICK BELOW FOR FULL SCHEDULE AND HOURS

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

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

Vermont Food and Energy Programs

Click on the link below to find information about programs in VT to support families in need of food or energy/fuel resources.

RMCS 2021-2022 Yearbook NOW ON SALE!! $15.00 Each

Don't miss a single edition of the Rick Marcotte Central School Year book!

Order forms have been sent home, but if you would like purchase your yearbook online, please click here:


Then select Order My Yearbook to make your purchase and check out. Please put your child's teacher's name under 'Homeroom' All yearbooks are shipped to the school then delivered to your child's classroom the last week of school.
Any questions please contact Holly Young or Carrie Rice.

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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!