Gertrude Chamberlin School

Family Newsletter March 25, 2022 Volume 16 Issue 27

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

Thursday, April 7th and Friday, April 8th - 11:30 Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences

To schedule Parent Teacher Conferences this spring, Grades K-4 will be using the Pick-a-Time Scheduling tool. Parents will be asked to create an account, then using your student's name and birthdate link them to you. Directions are provided in the tool. Parents can see a visual schedule for multiple students. Students in grade 5 will have their conferences scheduled directly with the 5th grade team.

Here is the link to schedule a conference with your child's teacher:

Tuesday, April 12th - PTO Meeting, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th - 11:30 Dismissal For Kindergarten Only - Incoming Kindergarten Screening

Kindergarten students will have lunch at school and then get dismissed at 11:30. We can now have our incoming kindergarten screening/registration process in person, so we will be using the kindergarten classrooms in the afternoon for this. With the growth in student numbers across the district, we don't have extra spaces to hold screening without having half days for our current kindergarten students. If your child goes to School's Out on these days, there will be a School's Out program offered to current families. If you have an incoming kindergarten student, please call Mrs. Baechle at 802 652-7403 to schedule your screening appointment.

These will be regular full days for grades 1-5 on April 12th and 13th.

April 18th - April 22nd - No School, Spring Break

Chamberlin Artists Featured in Two Upcoming Art Shows

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.

Spring is Here...Maple Sugaring Never Looked So Colorful!

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School's Out Childcare Registration Information for Next Year

All families wanting to paticipate in School's Out, new or returning to any of our programs, can register for next school year starting April 4th. Current School's Out families are guaranteed enrollment. New families will be put into a lottery for remaining spaces and notified on May 6th of their enrollment status.

Allison Thomson

School's Out!

Program Administrator


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National Scribble Day

This Sunday, March 27th, is National Scribble Day! Author Diane Alber created scribble spots as part of her SEL children's book series, A Little Spot of Feelings. The concepts outlined in these books align with Second Step lessons your children receive each week in Wolf Den!

You might hear your child talk about "SPOTS" this week. These characters are a tool we use in school to help your child become the best they can be both in the classroom and at home. We all experience emotions every day, but what we do with them is key. The goal is to help children navigate their emotions into a positive reaction. So instead of throwing a book when they are frustrated, they can take a second, name their feeling, and apply the correct coping strategy to get back to a Peaceful SPOT! Here is a brief intro and the story, so you can learn more and use these resources at home. Maggie Griesmer, our Speech Language Pathologist and Katie Wessels, our Howard Clinician use the Spot books in their work with children.

I'm Not Just A Scribble by Diane Alber - Videobook For Kids

Here is the link to schedule a parent teacher conference for grades K-3

Family Survey

Hello Chamberlin Families,

Our goal is to provide not just your children with a positive school experience, but to also make you feel like a valued member of our community. This has been especially hard to do during the pandemic! We would appreciate it if you took a few minutes to complete this survey so that we can continue to serve our families in the best ways possible. All submissions will be anonymous. Please submit one survey per household.

Survey Link

Thank you for your time!

Positive Behavioral Intervention Systems Team (PBiS)

Maple Moon Spring Festival - March 26th


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.

The Maple Moon Festival will be held on March 26 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 the cost of lunch may be challenging.

Please visit to reserve your free event tickets (11-12:30 or 12:30-2), or call the Orchard front office (802-652-7302).

Complimentary lunch tickets are available at each school on a first come first serve basis.

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)


Carol McQuillen

Co-Founder, Director

Common Roots


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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South Burlington Recreation Department Summer Camp Information

SB Rec Summer Camps are filling up!

SBRP is offering a wide variety of summer camps. There’s everything from Pottery, Chess, Wicked Cool Science and Rocketry to Tennis, Flag Football, Soccer, Disc Golf and more. Don’t overlook our youth Track and Field program… that will meet on M-W-F evenings beginning in June and finishing with the VT State Meet in St. Johnsbury.

Contact Brett Leonard with any questions.

Brett Leonard, CPRP

Recreation Specialist

South Burlington Recreation and Parks

180 Market Street, South Burlington, VT 05403

Office: 802.846.4137 Cell: 802.233.4834

School Nurse Notes

Check out this video on proper TICK REMOVAL.

Has your student outgrown their pants and shirts? We are in need of stretchy pants / leggings and basic shirts (no big logos please). If you have some to spare, that are washed and in good shape, please send them in. Thank you!

For students in all grades, please consider keeping a spare set of socks, underwear, pants and shirt in your student's backpack.

Please check out SBSD's COVID-19 Dashboard and scroll down for information on returning to school following illness.

Please keep your student(s) home when sick.

Be well,

Kerry Farrell

5th Graders Creating a Culminating Project on the Earth's Four Subsystems: Hydrosphere Biosphere, Atmosphere and Geosphere!

Used Book Sale at the South Burlington Public Library!

Please click on the link below for information about a used book sale at the library on April 1st and 2nd!

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

March 24th Update From Superintendent Young

March 24, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardian and Staff,

Yesterday, the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) at UVM, together with Vermont supervisory unions and school districts, the Vermont Agency of Education, and the Vermont NEA, joined to honor the accomplishments of our state’s outstanding educators. Outstanding Educators Day was celebrated virtually this year and I am so proud that two members of our team were honored: Instructional Coach at Rick Marcotte Central School Paula Jensvold as our elementary school teacher of the year and SBHS Nurse and Educator Caryl Davidson as our high school/middle school teacher of the year. Check out the program here that includes brief bios of our SBSD and all award recipients. I am grateful to ALL of our SBSD educators who go above and beyond every day for students and families. Thank you!

Dates of Note:

March 24 at 6:00 pm, Zoom (ID: 892 9553 7546/Passcode: 430717) meet and greet for families and community members with FHTMS Principal finalist Scott Sivo

March 25: Late Start at MS/HS, Early Release at ES

March 27, 3:30 pm SBHS bands concert in the SBHS Auditorium and livestream

March 28, 7:00 pm, FHTMS 7th and 8th grade band concert in person and livestream

March 31, 10-noon, in-person open house at Big Picture, room #125, sign up to attend!

April 1: SBHS Career Expo

COVID Update and Dashboard

We are rounding out week two of being mask optional in our schools and I want to thank everyone for your continued displays of kindness and respect for individual choices around masking. Keep it up! At the latest press conference from the Governor Tuesday, Dr. Mark Levine noted that the state would be winding down its state-run vaccine clinics soon, and instead will shift to individuals receiving them at their pharmacy or at their doctor’s office. Likewise, state run testing sites have also seen a shift where individuals who go for testing can request a PCR or pick up a LAMP or antigen test. Here in SBSD, we are still offering tests for students and staff on an as needed basis. We, like the state, will keep our eye on the BA.2 subvariant through the latest data from the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation and the Department of Health.

I wanted to remind everyone that our dashboard will continue to be updated. We will no longer be notifying families when a case arises in a classroom or grade-level. Instead, please check the dashboard often to help make personal decisions around testing, masking and attendance at work or school. The dashboard also includes testing recommendations and guidance.

A reminder for staff,please continue to fill out the RUVNA app daily. If you become symptomatic while at school, you can visit the school nurse to pick-up a rapid antigen test kit or contact Maura Sawtelle in HR and plan on leaving work for the remainder of the day.

FHTMS Principal Update

Today, we welcomed FHTMS Principal finalist Scott Silvo to our school for a busy day of meet and greets with our administrators, students, staff, and me. Tonight, beginning at 6 pm, we’ll be holding a Zoom Q and A for families and community members to meet Mr. Silvo. Please join us!

School Happenings

SBHS Robotics Team Headed to the World Championship!

Congrats to the SBHS Robotics Team and Coach Mr. Estes for their qualification for the World Championships! Robotics finished in second place out of 14 teams at the Vermont FTC competition last weekend. and earned their spot at the world championship which will take place April 20-23. SB joins CVU as the only two VT high schools to qualify for this prestigious competition!

In addition, the SBHS Math League Coach Jean Ohlson reported that the league has 5 meets per year and this year for the first time ever, they won all 5 meets as well as the year overall. YuYang Zhang placed first in three categories (including overall individual performance) and Sriram Sethuraman, Saksham Bhardwaj and Kenny Chamberlain all placed in the top ten in the league for individual awards. Students who actively participated this year were Hammad Ali, Hiba Ali, Trent Biazza, Saksham Bhardwaj, Simon Cafiero, Harrison Chamberlain, Kenny Chamberlain, Luke Fitzgerald, Jackson Goodman, Josie Kummer, Deepika Muthuswamy, Siddhant Nazre, Ranjani Sethuraman, Sriram Sethuraman, Emma Xia and Yuyang Zhang. Math league was co-captained by Sriram Sethuraman and Kenny Chamberlain this year. Well done!

FHTMS Students to Participate in Peer Leadership Day

QSA (Queer Straight Alliance) Advisors Penny Pizer, Scott Carlson, and FHTMS students are getting excited to participate in peer leadership day March 31. The plan is for students to have a half day in-school "field trip" for this virtual event. Outright Vermont is offering this virtual gathering with youth leaders sharing their experiences from around the country. There will be a legislator panel with LGBTQ+ state representatives and senators as well as a National Youth Speakers Panel with youth leaders from around the country talking in a fishbowl-style discussion and much more!

RMCS Students Learn about Neurodiversity

For the next two weeks, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades are celebrating neurodiversity! Neurodiversity is the viewpoint that brain differences are normal, rather than deficits. Different neurodiversities include autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and Tourette Syndrome. Students are learning about neurodiversity from a strengths-based perspective, which includes highlighting skills and talents like creativity, memory, concentration, compassion, attention to detail, empathy, and self-advocacy among many others. This learning is being facilitated by Special Educator Kait Hale and Speech Language Pathologist Anna Patterson.

Gertrude Chamberlin Students and Staff Dress Up as their Favorite Book and Movie Characters

Gertrude Chamberlin students did it again! They filled their hive and earned an all school celebration. Students and staff dressed up as their favorite book and movie characters for this latest PBiS activity. The school was filled with Harry Potter, Waldo, dinosaurs, and even a minion! You can check out some of the photos on Principal Rouelle's Twitter. Also, Chamberlin’s PBiS team is conducting a school climate survey at the moment. Please feel free to share your thoughts!

Orchard School to Produce the Play Moana

Orchard students have been busy preparing for their production of Moana! Auditions began the week of March 7 and rehearsals have been in full swing ever since. The production is a collaboration with a Very Merry Theatre Company and dates for the performance are April 8th and 9th. There will be a school show and then an evening performance Friday and Saturday night. Thanks to the organizing team of Meg Krueger, Don Wright from A Very Merry, Robyn Kummer, Caitlin Gervais, Stefanie Gallant, Emily Bieber, Anna Leavey, and Sarah Gordon. Can’t wait to see it!

It looks like we might get the last (hopefully) blast of winter temperatures this weekend as we continue our typical Vermont spring mix of mud, light snow showers, and hints at warmer days to come. I hope you are able to get out and enjoy it!.



Family Information Night With Our English Language Teachers And Administrators

This past Tuesday night, we held a Family Information Night at the South Burlington Public Library as a way for families to connect with our English Language teachers and administrators about supports offered by our schools. This event was a collaboration between the school district and library and also served as a great way to introduce families to our new library and its resources! Parents also had the opportunity to give feedback on how we are collaborating with their families as a school.

Big shout outs to EL Coordinator Carol Blakely, Executive Director of Learning Violet Nichols, Meg Collins, and the librarians who helped set up and sign up families for library cards! Children in attendance had the opportunity to choose a book to take home with them and everyone left with delicious Kismayo Kitchen samosas! We had over 30 families recorded on our sign in sheet. We also had 9 interpreters, including GCS parent Mona Tolba, available and the librarians provided activities for our young learners. Many thanks to Ms. McGurn, Mr. Melen and Ms. Rouelle for representing GCS at this event! This was a phenomenal community night...see some of the photos below!

Chamberlin Alum Showcased in the Upcoming SBHS Drama Event

Former Chamberlin alum, Gianna Morin, recently won first place in the VT Poetry Out Loud competition. She is also a drama student at South Burlington High School. On April 1st and 2nd, at 7 pm, she and a co-director will be showcasing their one-act. For the last month, they have been working alongside cast members and a technical/creative team to give not only the seniors but the students of SBHS the space to learn and grow through the art of theater. There are four shows presenting and some are a bit more sensitive than others. None of them are inappropriate per se but one of the shows does deal with the harsh realities of cancer and this could be triggering for younger students. We thank you for supporting the SB Drama program...and especially our very own former Chamberlin student, Gianna Morin!
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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

South Burlington Boys Youth Lacrosse

Hello South Burlington Wolves Families,

We are currently planning our boys' town lacrosse season for players in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Registration: Registration for South Burlington Boys Youth Lacrosse will open on Saturday, March 26.

If you visit, at the very top of the page you will see information and a link to register once it's open. The registration fee for this year will be $85 per player.

Please note that you will also need to register with USA Lacrosse prior to registering to take part in the South Burlington Lacrosse program. You can either take care of this ahead of time by visiting the USA Lacrosse Membership site, or, you will be guided through the process when registering for SB Lacrosse.

Please continue to pass this information along to anybody that may be interested! ABSOLUTELY THE MORE THE MERRIER!

We expect that we will start practices on MON/WED/FRI in mid-April. Game season will run on Saturdays throughout the month of May (excluding Memorial Day Weekend), and will continue into the first weekend of June with a likely opportunity for potential tournament weekends of play into mid-June, TBD.

No prior experience required, just a desire to exercise, have fun, be a valued member of our Family Team, and play the fastest game on 2 feet with friends!!!

For new players to the game of lacrosse, you will need a helmet, mouthguard, *shoulder pads* (EKG CERTIFIED), arm pads, gloves, athletic protector, cleats, water bottle, and a stick.ASK FOR HELP HERE PLEASE AS NEEDED ;)

We are looking forward to getting on the field this spring with our team and having fun playing the great game of lacrosse. Please join our great group for a couple awesome months!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email or text me at anytime.

Thank you for your time, GO WOLVES!

Have a great day,

Coach Tim Knoth


VT Youth Dancers Performance

"Vermont Youth Dancers bring the classic story of the Wizard of Oz to life in a full length theatre dance production to current music in Far From Home, In Search of the Emerald City. In our story, Dorothy Gale feels confined to her small farm and longs to break free on her own. Once she is far away, however, it is her truest wish to make her way back home! As they become entangled in a battle of good and evil, both she and her new friends must complete a journey of self-discovery…learning that they each have what they need within themselves to triumph in the end. Will Dorothy realize that her own bravery and spirit will help her overcome evil and lead her home?

VYD delights audiences with their unique blend of exciting hip-hop and compelling lyrical choreography, with song choices that “tell” the story. Dance itself is infused with drama as the cast brings characters to life through movement and acting, with imaginative staging, beautiful costumes, and brilliant set pieces and lighting. Vermont Youth Dancers is a local dance company of area elementary, middle and high school students founded in 2006.

Far From Home, In Search of the Emerald City performs at Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho, Vermont on April 9 at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., and on April 9th and 10th at 1:30 p.m.. More information about VYD along with ticket information can be found at"

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April Kid's Events at the South Burlington Public Library

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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