Gertrude Chamberlin School

Family Newsletter March 11, 2022 Volume 16 Issue 26

Tuesday, March 15th - All School Celebration on Tuesday...Favorite Book or Movie Character!

We filled our hive and earned an all school celebration! Tuesday will be dress up like your favorite book or movie character day! We can't wait to see how our creative students and staff portray their favorite characters. Please keep clothing and props school appropriate (G Rated movie characters) and make sure that your child can participate in learning activities...especially if it's a physical education their outfits.

Friday, March 18th - No School, Inservice Day

Friday, March 25th - 12:30 Dismissal, Professional Development for Staff

Chamberlin Artists Featured in Two Upcoming Art Shows

Mark your calendars for these in-person art shows! You will see representation from GCS- as well as the entire district- at each show.

March 14th- April 18th: Champlain Valley Art Show at the University Mall.

April 13th: The Arts Festival at SBHS, 6:30pm. Displayed artwork from the entire district, elementary activities and musical performances.

Girls On The Run Registration Opens March 16 at 7 AM!

If you need a paper registration form or need assistance registering please contact Nurse Farrell before March 16.

Registration for Girls on the Run opens on Wednesday, March 16 at! Our 8 week program is for students in grades 3-5. Our season begins the week of April 4. Our team will meet on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm at Chamberlin School.

The registration fee is $115. GOTRVT provides financial assistance directly on the registration form for qualifying families as well as a payment plan. GOTRVT is committed to being accessible to any student who wants to participate, and is dedicated to ensuring that program cost is not a barrier. Please contact GOTRVT directly at 802-871-5664 regarding financial assistance options.

Questions? Contact Coach Claudia at or Nurse Farrell

3rd Graders Learn Water Conservation From SBHS Students

SBHS Biology students joined 3rd grade again this week for water conservation lesson! In Ms. McCarthy's class, students were learning about "water bugs" (benthic macroinvertebrates) and how tolerant they are to water pollution in streams. The photos are of small groups of students each with their own "stream" (the blue tape lines) making discoveries about the water bugs in their stream.
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Maple Moon Spring Festival

Common Roots, our Farm to School partners, have an exciting family opportunity for you and your family! Maple Moon is a Spring Festival at the Wheeler House (1100 Dorset Street) with music, a scavenger hunt in the woods, maple sugaring, and cultural stations with taste tests. Dress for the weather as this event is rain or shine.

The Maple Moon Festival will be held on March 19 from either 11 am-12:30 pm or 12:30 -2 pm (two shifts). The Event itself is free. Lunch tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children; children 2 and under are free, to cover the cost of lunch. The menu will be Flatbreads from our clay oven, and maple lemonade. Common Roots has provided some complimentary tickets for families who would like to attend, for whom cost might otherwise be prohibitive.

Please visit to purchase tickets (11-12:30 or 12:30-2), or call the front office at Chamberlin (802-652-7402) for your complimentary lunch tickets, which are available on a first come first serve basis. See the attached flyer.

Parking will be at the Islamic Society on Swift Street. There is a light at the corner and sidewalks all the way.

Get your family out on the land at our beautiful Wheeler Nature Park. We hope you can join the fun! Invite your friends!

(Maple Moon - brought to you by Common Roots, SB Rotary, and SB Park and Rec)

Parent Information Sessions on Special Education Rule Changes

February 28, 2022 (2 opportunities) 9:30am—11:00am or 6:00pm—7:30pm Virtual Meeting

The Agency of Education welcomes parents and families to join our staff virtually for conversations about the Special Education Program Rule Changes going into effect July 1, 2022. We will discuss the upcoming changes and their impact on students and parents, in addition to addressing questions and hearing concerns. Please consider joining an AM or PM session. We recommend reviewing the latest guidance located on our webpage, so you can arrive with questions. The AOE looks forward to connecting with you! Meeting link is located: Special Education Rule Changes.

Updates on Covid 19 Mitigation Strategies

Our school board had a special meeting last week, and mask wearing will be optional in the school building, beginning Monday. Masks will still be required on the bus. We have used the following language to support family and staff choice: "On Monday, our school will become mask optional. That means adults and students will have a choice about whether or not to wear a mask. You can expect to see some people wearing a mask and others not wearing a mask. The most important thing to remember about this change is that both option are okay. We all need to do our part in respecting each other." Many classes are also using the social story below in their classrooms - families may want to use pieces to have a home conversation about mask wearing.

GCS families will no longer need to answer health questions on the Ruvna app. Today should be the last day your receive the message for your elementary student.

Stop-Motion Video Production in 4th Grade

In Ms. Murphy's classes, students learned how to make stop-motion videos from Ms. Courcelle, our IT Educator. Here are some photos of students making props, planning actions for the videos and taking hundreds of pictures of the figures and props making small movements, that will be put together for the finished video. The final products will be shared with other students and families.

Spring Concerts Are Back!

It is with great excitement that we welcome you to, or back to, Chamberlin

School. There has not been a concert at Chamberlin for 3 years due to Covid. Given

the continued downward trends, we will begin to lift restrictions, and we have decided to move forward with concerts this spring.

We will be moving from our normal March times, with two different concerts, to

May and have three different concerts. The dates are as follows.

5/17- 2nd and 4th grades

5/19- 3rd and 5th grades

5/25- kindergarten and 1st grades

All concerts will be held in the gym and start at 6:30. I will send out more specific

information later in April detailing arrival, dismissal, concert attire, and any Covid

information that may be pertinent. If you have any questions in the meantime, please

feel free to reach out to me using the contact information below.

See you soon!

Ms. Finlayson

(802) 652-7413

Kindergarten Registration, New Student Registration and Returning Student Registration

On March 7, 2022, the Registration Portal for 2022-2023 Kindergarten students and all Pre-K students will open. The portal can be accessed using your PowerSchool Parent Portal account.

All Kindergarten students will need to complete registration forms. If your student is already registered as a Pre-K student, please select “Returning Student”.

If you have not registered your student in the past, please select “New Student”. Registration will be a 2 step process.

Pre-K class placements are made on a first come, first serve basis.

Registration for all/any NEW 2022-2023 Grade 1-5 students will begin April 4, 2022.

The Annual Student Update (ASU) for all returning students will open on June 1, 2022.

The registration tool is NOT mobile phone friendly. Please use a laptop, or tablet to complete the forms. If you don’t have a device, please contact Lynne Baechle, 802-652-7403 or email for assistance. We now have a desk top set up in the office, pictured below, so families who need support or don't have access to a device can come in and get support to register.

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School Nurse Notes

Has your student outgrown their pants? We are in need of stretchy pants / leggings. If you have some to spare, that are washed and in good shape, please send them in. Thank you!

Hearing screenings are conducted in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade (per State of Vermont guidelines) and we are currently screening students. You will be contacted ONLY if we determine that your student requires further (out of school) testing by their provider or a specialist. Students can also be screened, upon request. Please call if you have any questions.

GET VACCINATED (if you have not already)!
Vaccines are the best tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19. They help your body fight off the virus; you are much less likely to get sick and less likely to transmit the virus to others.

PTO Un Fundraiser is Up to $1,100!

We are asking for your support for our 2022 Un-Fundraiser. Want to donate to the PTO, but don't want to purchase anything? You can participate in the "Unfundraiser"! Attached is the information and form...the form in paper copy will be coming home with your child. Simply put, an Un-Fundraiser is a way to donate money without having to sell or buy anything. Isn't that the best? 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to the Chamberlin School PTO, and then it goes right to our kids, which is the best place to put it! Please make checks payable to “Chamberlin PTO” and either send in with your student or mail to: Chamberlin School, ATTN: PTO, 252 White St., South Burlington, VT 05403

4th Grade Ukulele Club Meeting At Recess Time This Week

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March 10th Update From Superintendent Young

March 10, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

Our first full week back has been a success as we have returned to our school and work rhythms after the winter break. I really enjoyed the spring preview we’ve been experiencing recently and despite the snowstorm coming our way, the clocks going ahead this Sunday morning are a sure sign brighter days are ahead! I have a number of updates below regarding our shift to a mask optional work and school environment, but do take note of all of the upcoming school events including the students vs. staff basketball game tonight at 6:00pm! Admission to the game is $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. This admission cost will be part of the donation to the Penguin Plunge. Admission is open to the public and masks are required. And there’s a raffle! See you there!

Dates of Note:

Tonight! March 10, 6 pm at Burleigh Court SBHS Student and Staff Unified Sports Game

March 11, 10-11 am Big Picture Virtual Open House for prospective students

March 12, SB Artmix 2022 at Higher Ground

March 14, masks become optional for all staff and students except on school buses

March 16, 7 pm School Board Meeting

March 17-19 Talent Night at SBHS

Now through March 21, Spring sports registration is open for FHTMS and SBHS

Masking Update

The South Burlington School board held a special meeting last night (vieweable on the Media Factory Facebook page) where they accepted the administration’s recommendation to make masks optional for all students PreK-12 as well as staff effective Monday, March 14. However, they made an amendment to this recommendation to continue to require masks on our school buses through the end of the school year, June 10. This means that while masks will be optional in our schools beginning Monday, they will still be required on our school buses. To prepare for this shift, to a mask optional environment in our schools, our staff have been gradually removing some of the mitigation measures we had put in place such as dividers in the cafeterias and most importantly, stressing respect and kindness for individuals who continue to wear masks for a variety of reasons.

In addition, I held a Zoom Q and A March 7 with local doctors, Becca Bell, Breena Holmes, and Ben Lee to help shed light on where we are in the pandemic and how far we have come. I also wanted to share a couple of resources that could be helpful when having conversations with our younger learners around the option to wear masks. Right here at Rick Marcotte Central School, teachers Ashley Wilson and Meaghan Rice created a script for their 5th grade students in this video to help their school community understand reasons why some people might still choose to wear a mask.

One student from each classroom participated and Ms. Wilson shared that they were excited to be able to create something for the younger members of the community. In the end, they even requested making more! Looking for more? This link provides a slide deck created by the Shelburne Community School that can be shared widely.

COVID Protocol Update

When one of our South Burlington schools learns of a positive case, the school will continue to notify families of students as well as staff who are determined to be a presumptive contact (classmates are considered "presumptive contacts") by sending a letter of notification. We do however expect that this may change next week as we continue to come out of the pandemic and into an endemic. We will keep you posted.

This dashboard will also be updated when the school learns about a positive case, in order for staff, parents, and students to view where the possible exposures were in the district. This dashboard will serve as a tool to assist families and staff in making their own decisions around attendance at school and work as well as whether to mask if they so choose.


RUVNA has been a valuable tool for symptom monitoring and reporting throughout the pandemic. As we shift to the more endemic phase, we will be turning off RUVNA for grades Pre-K-8 effective Monday March 14, but it will remain on for the remainder of the school year for both staff and high school students. It remains important, with or without RUVNA, that staff and students stay home when they feel sick.

Superintendent Search Process

I wanted to let you know that the position of District Superintendent has been posted internally as well as on Schoolspring (externally). The timeline and plan for moving forward will be reviewed by our HR Director in collaboration with our school board chair next week.

Enrollment Committee

The District’s enrollment committee met again this week and worked further on a decision matrix regarding mid and long term solutions to the growing enrollment pressures on Rick Marcotte Central School and Orchard School. They heard a presentation from Dore and Whittier architects on the structural, mechanical, electrical, and hazardous materials evaluation of all three elementary schools and this presentation will also be made at the school board meeting next week on March 16. Our short term solution has now been implemented which involves 4 trailers each at Rick Marcotte and Orchard Schools which are intended for staff use in order to free up spaces in each school for learning. Tomorrow, Orchard’s trailers will be connected to electricity and Rick Marcotte’s will follow next week. The next meeting of this committee will take place March 22.

School Happenings

SBHS Scholar Bowl Takes the Win (Again!)

Coach Jim Shields shared that last weekend at Spaulding High School, the SBHS Scholars Bowl teams competed against 8 other schools, 7 from Vermont and one from New Hampshire and for the second consecutive year, SBHS won the Vermont NAQT Championship. The A-Team (Captain Matthew Vigneau, Sriram Sethuraman, Zach Klugo and Finn Zuccareno) won all 7 of their matches, defeating runner up CVU by a score of 375-225 in the tournament final. This win qualifies them to represent Vermont in the NAQT National Tournament in Atlanta on Memorial Day weekend. Congratulations!

FHTMS Drama: Shrek the Musical Jr. is Coming!

Paraprofessional and play Director Madeleine Olson has been busy over the past month overseeing auditions and pulling together an incredible cast of 40 students for Shrek the Musical Jr. coming to you live May 6 and 7! Dave Bailey is building the set and chorus teacher Talan Bryant is working on the music! Even the Lego Robotics team will be a part of the creation! This is a whole school affair!

Want to support FHTMS Drama? The club is selling water bottles to raise money for Shrek the Musical! You can find the water bottles at and then look for "School Fundraisers.” There, you’ll find stainless steel double walled water bottles and tumblers with the wolf and SB logo on them and a (free) option to personalize them. Keep your eyes open for ticket info coming a few weeks before the show!

RMCS Kindergarteners Learn about Hibernation

Spring may be coming, but hibernation is still well underway for many in the animal kingdom as Kindergarteners at RMCS recently learned. Teacher Deb Alberghini on behalf of the Kindergarten team shared that students wore pajamas and brought in their stuffed animals for Hibernation Day. “We had fun learning about some animals that hibernate (or are dormant) in the winter. In the morning we read a sweet story called, Hibernation Station. This book introduced the kindergarteners to different types of hibernating animals. After reading this book, the kindergarteners made their own hibernation station filled with the animals in the story. In the afternoon, the kindergarteners had a chance to make some hibernating animals.”

Gertrude Chamberlin Students Keyboard and Play the Ukulele

GCS music teacher, Lisa Finlayson let me know that her students have been having a great time playing the ukulele and learning keyboarding. During the pandemic, Ms. Finlayson raised money through Donors Choose to purchase a class set of ukuleles and used her budget and PTO money to purchase keyboards for her students.”This year the students are back in the music room and the fourth and fifth grade students are working on an instrumental unit. Students had the choice of playing the uke or the piano and are accessing different curriculums that are provided to them on their Google Music Classroom. All activities are differentiated to meet the needs of beginners and advanced instrumentalists and students can work at their own pace,” Finalyson said. I hope to hear some of their creations soon.

Orchard Students Engage with Starbase Program

Once again, this year Orchard students have had the opportunity to become involved with the Starbase program. Monica Petzold let me know that this was the second week of Starbase and 5th graders have begun building their rockets. They also had the chance to program some robots to do some really fun things and visited the Boneyard to see retired Air Force planes. Petzold shared that they ended their day by practicing a flight simulator, first with a modern cessna, and then with the Wright brother's original design. Can I join in?

Thanks for reading and here’s to springing ahead,


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 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

Meet Author Jason Chin at the South Burlington Public Library!

Saturday, April 2, 2022


Meet Jason Chin and listen to him read and share his story about Watercress.

Flying Pig Bookstore will be present to have Jason’s book for sale and signing at the library.

Please join us in celebrating Jason.

Thank you


Natacha Liuzzi

Children’s Specialist

South Burlington Public Library

180 Market Street

South Burlington VT 05403


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


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.

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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