EMS Newsletter

March 26, 2021

Dear EMS Families,

Happy Friday!

If you have not heard, there have been changes regarding the CDC guidelines. I have pasted part of the guidance below:

The agency’s new guidance recommends three feet of separation at elementary, middle and high schools in communities with low, moderate or substantial transmission. But the agency says middle school and high school students should stay six feet apart in communities where test positivity rates are 10 percent or higher and cohorting — when groups of students are kept together with the same staff throughout the day — is not available.

Six feet of distance is still in all schools recommended for staff, between staff and students, in common areas, when students are eating and during activities that require increased exertion such as gym class, choir or band practice.

The new guidelines mean that districts are considering new possibilities. Discussions have been taking place regarding the potential for bringing all students back on-site. Also, 8th grade commencement has been approved for a controlled, outdoor setting. We are still receiving details. As we have concrete changes, we will immediately announce them to all EMS families.

Thank you for your patience and support in this school year that has been filled with shifting guidelines. We value your kids and the opportunity to serve them.


James Kiefer

Changes in Hybrid/Remote Learning

Fourth quarter starts on April 5 & 6. Any families choosing to switch from fully remote to hybrid must do so at quarter break. Please contact the school immediately if you would like your child to return to hybrid on-site learning.

School Play

Plans are in the works for our school play! This year's production will be A Midsummer Night's Dream and the rehearsals & performances will be held at 20 Allen St., following the Covid19 Health and Safety protocols. Here's the link to the registration form:


If you are interested in participating, sign up SOON!

Spring Sports

Students who are interested in participating on the baseball/softball team or who are interested in running track this spring, please fill out this google form:


We are starting the week of April 12th. All registrations must be submitted by April 7th so we can see what we will have for numbers and go from there.

Coaches Needed!

We have the following openings for the anticipated spring season:

Track & Field Coach (2)

Baseball Coach (2)

If you have experience in these sports and would like to work with our students outside of the classroom space, we are accepting applications for these coaching vacancies. Head to the district website to apply: bsdvt.org.

Bored After School? Join a Club!

Hi, EMS Students!

There are so many EMS/HMS clubs and teams to join! Sign up for one today!
Clubs meet virtually after school once a week, starting at 3:30 pm, so you can log on from home to connect with friends and make new ones!

Check out our full brochure here!

Laura Wageman

Afterschool Site Director, Edmunds Middle School

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Updates from CHCB

CHCB's e-newsletter is a resource for our patients to receive up-to-date information on our programs and services, as well as any pertinent information about the ongoing pandemic caused by COVID-19.

As Vaccination Efforts Expand, Keep Playing it Safe!

As vaccination registration dates for all age bands have now been announced, we want to encourage you all to keep playing it safe to keep Vermont on the path to post-pandemic success. We now know that both the B.1.1.7 variant, which originated in the UK, and the B.1.429 variant, which originated in California, have been detected in our local wastewater. While they are not yet believed to be wide-spread, these are more contagious strains of COVID-19, making it that much more important to:

  • Keep masking up
  • Keep physical space with those outside your household*
  • Keep washing your hands
  • Get tested if you have even minor symptoms
  • Get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible
*Please click here and scroll down for guidance on gathering when vaccinated

Vermonters have been doing a great job of keeping each-other safe so far. Keep up the good work for a happy, healthy summer!

Warm Weather Health Tips

Typical Vermont weather may still throw a few curve balls our way, but spring is officially sprung! It's an exciting time after necessary social restrictions made for an especially cooped-up winter, but the coronavirus isn't the only thing you need to take preventive measures against. Here are some tips for making the most of the warmer days ahead:

Stay Sun Smart. While it's important to protect your skin all year, the pandemic has made warm weather outdoor activities that much more popular. Whether taking a quick walk or going for an all day hike, be sure to pack sun screen! The American Academy of Dermatology recommends an SPF of 30 or higher for maximum protection against skin cancer. It's also recommended that you regularly take breaks to seek shade and consider wearing protective clothing. After all, who can say no to a stylish hat?

It's Not Just Your Lawn That Needs Watering. As with protecting your skin, it is also important to stay hydrated year-round, but the risk of dehydration is much higher as the temperatures rise. Try to have a glass of water when you wake up, with each meal, and before bed. When exercising or spending time in the heat, try to keep a water bottle handy to replenish what you lose by sweating. If drinking that much water seems hard, you can add a squirt of citrus, some berries, cucumber slices or a mint leaf to make it tastier.
Tell Ticks to Bug Off. Ticks become most active April-September and commonly live in heavily wooded areas or high grass. Wearing light colored clothes and tucking your pantlegs into your socks can help prevent them from getting on you, but they can easily ride into your home on an unsuspecting pet. Regularly checking yourself and your furry friends for ticks after spending time outside is a good habit to start, and the CDC has a handy guide to help you know where to look.

Calling All Shoppers! Reusable Bags Benefitting CHCB

CHCB is this month's "Bags 4 My Cause" beneficiary! Throughout the month of March, CHCB will receive $1 for every $2.50 reusable "Give Back Where it Counts" bag sold at the Mountain View Shaw's in Colchester. It's a great way to support the environment and CHCB!

Summer Camp Opportunity

Camp Kesem is a Summer Camp opportunity for children who have a loved one who has or has had cancer. The following links provide more information about this heartwarming opportunity. If you would like to connect with someone from Edmunds first, please feel free to reach out. I am happy to answer any questions or find out more information for you.

Take Special Care,

Angela Halsted, SAP Counselor, Edmunds Middle School, ahalsted@bsdvt.org.

Website Link: https://www.campkesem.org/find-a-camp/camp-kesem-at-university-of-vermont (if you search Camp Kesem at UVM it's the first thing to show up)

Facebook Name: Camp Kesem at the University of Vermont

Instagram Name: Camp Kesem at UVM or @campkesemuvm

Contact Emails: vermont.outreach@.campkesem.org or vermont@campkesem.org

Phone Number: 802-489-6063
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Register, Coach, or Join Our Nonprofit Board at Burlington Youth Lacrosse

Parents and Friends,

Burlington Youth Lacrosse is a nonprofit committed to providing kids the opportunity to be a great teammate, have fun, and learn a healthy/fast-growing sport. We are planning - with safety precautions in place - to start our season as usual on April 1.

Please sign up today for boys and girls in grades 3rd-8th at Burlington Youth Lacrosse. Full scholarships are available for families who need them.

Our coaches and board members are positive, supportive, and makes things fun. If that's you or sounds like someone you know, please email me at btvlax@yahoo.com to inquire about becoming a coach or board member.

Please help us spread the word about this great experience for our kids.

Thank you and stay safe!
Bill Carter
Burlington Parent and Coach of Girls 10U

Our mailing address is 110 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401.