Hinesburg Community School - October 7, 2022

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The Principal's Corner

Dear HCS Families,

As a reminder, there will be no school on Monday, October 10, in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day as well as Tuesday, October 11 for Parent Teacher Conference Day.

Conferences are a wonderful time to meet with your child’s teaching team. Each teacher has valuable insights regarding your student's experiences at school and can give you a more complete picture of their day. It is also a great way for teachers and parents to collaborate to support the learning of our children. The parent/teacher partnership is a valuable tool for the success and growth of our children.

Thank you to the many HCS families who attended the K-4 & EA Open House last night. It was wonderful to see so many parents and students in attendance!


Suzan and Tim

Save The Date

Monday, October 10

NO SCHOOL - Indigenous People's Day

Tuesday, October 11

NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, October 12

1:45 pm, Early Release Day

6:30, pm CVSD DEI Virtual Town Hall

Thursday, October 13

6:00 pm, CVSD Strategic Planning Community Forum, CVU

Saturday, October 15

9:30 am, CVSD Strategic Planning Community Forum, WCS

Monday, October 17

9:00 am, CVSD Strategic Planning Community Forum, Pierson Library, Shelburne

Wednesday, 19

1:45 pm, Early Release Day

Thursday, October 20

6:00 pm, CVSD School Board Meeting

Friday, October 21


Tuesday, October 25

Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, October 26

1:45 pm, Early Release Day

HCS 2nd grade STEM Lesson - Binary Bracelets!

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School Picture Updates

Please be on the look out for school picture envelopes, sent home this week by teachers. The deadline to pay for photos and return the school picture envelope is Friday, October 21. The envelope should be returned to your child's homeroom teacher.

Families may also choose to order online. The link and information to do so is at the top of the order form. There is a processing fee if you choose to pay online.


School picture retake day is Tuesday, October 25, in the morning.

7/8 Students Attend Step Afrika Matinee At The Flynn

7th and 8th grade French students attended Step Afrika at the Flynn theater in Burlington. The show focused on teamwork, commitment, academic achievement and cultural understanding. Students reflected on the performance by creating a step lesson and designing art work that demonstrated their understanding of the different themes addressed in the show.

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Meadow Farms Fundraiser

Our annual Meadow Farms fundraiser is back! Catalogues will be coming home in backpacks very soon. Similar to previous years, all orders will be online only and shipped directly to your home. This is a great opportunity to stock up on high-quality wrapping paper and other great gift items. All orders will be delivered in time for the holidays! The sale will run from October 15th-30th. Thank you so much for your support!!

HCS Mentoring Program Seeks Mentors for the 22/23 School Year

Connecting Youth Mentoring’s school-based program at HCS is in need of mentors. Mentors are caring adults who spend about an hour a week during the school year with a 5th - 8th grader who would benefit from the friendship of an additional caring adult in their life. Mentors bring with them a sense of shared fun, new experiences and deep listening skills. Through providing consistent encouragement, mentors support expanding a young person’s regard for themselves and their world.

To learn more contact the Program Coordinator Livy Bulger,, 802-482-6248

☮ HCS Students Made Pinwheels for Peace ☮

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Ready for Recess!

We will go outside for recess every day unless there is heavy rain, thunder and lightening, or below zero temperatures. Please be sure to send your child with all necessary clothing and footwear.

HCS students attended the "Day of Racial Equity and Education" event in Montpelier to help promote racial equity and youth activism.

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👟 Lost and Found Items 👚

Our Lost and Found collection is overflowing! Please stop by the school if your child is looking for lost items. We have water bottles, lunch boxes, shoes, lots of shirts and OVER 40 sweatshirts and shirts. Items not claimed by the Thanksgiving Break will be donated to a local organization. Lost and Found items pictured below. 👇

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What Do You Envision For CVSD Schools?

We want every member of our community to be included as we design CVSD's strategic plan for the next 5 years. You are invited to help identify our shared values and priorities. The upcoming Community Forums and the accompanying survey are the first steps in that direction. We invite you to join us at any of the Strategic Planning Community Forums and you may use this survey link to share your thoughts.

  • October 13, 6:00 pm, CVSD Strategic Planning Community Forum, CVU
  • October 15, 9:30 am, CVSD Strategic Planning Community Forum, WCS
  • October 17, 9:00 am, CVSD Strategic Planning Community Forum, Pierson Library, Shelburne

We look forward to hearing from you!

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🚀 👆 Grade 5 Rocket Launch! 👇 🚀

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Applications accepted October 3rd through October 14th. Staff, teachers and families are eligible to submit an application.

PiE Grant Committee will review the applications, then meet with HCS Co-Principals and PiE Steering Committee to discuss between October 15th and November 1st.

Grants will be presented at the next PiE meeting for discussion (tentatively November 8th at 7pm). Applicants are welcome to attend the meeting to answer questions. A vote will take place at the end of the presentation. This meeting could be in person or via Zoom.

Awardees will work with PiE treasurer to make purchases!

🎨 Fun Art Gallery Pieces 🎨

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  • In Crisis: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) (National Hopeline Network: USA)
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  • Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
  • Outright Vermont - support for LGBTQ+ community
  • UVM Breathe In Breath Out - How to deal with stress due to COVID-19
  • Vermont 211 -Vermont database of resources and services
  • Vermont Support Line (833) 888-2557) - peer support line open 247 - 365 for call or text
  • COVID Counselors @ VT-211
  • Teen Crisis Text Line - Crisis Text Line provides free emotional support and information to teens in any type of crisis, including feeling suicidal. You can text with a trained specialist 24 hours a day. Text “HOME” to 741741.
  • Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide - Website where you can find information to help yourself or a friend who may be having thoughts of suicide.
  • Trevor Lifeline - 1-866- 488-7386 - provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. It offers free, 24/7, confidential counseling. TrevorText—text START to 678-678; TrevorChat—instant messaging at It also runs TrevorSpace, an affirming social networking site for LGBTQ youth at TrevorSpace.

About Us

Suzan Locke, HCS Co-Principal, Grades K-4


Tim Trevithick, HCS Co-Principal, Grades 5-8


Alicia Kurth, HCS Special Education Administrator


The Viking Newsletter is published weekly, when school is in session. It is available on our web site and is also delivered via email. If needed, a hard copy can be provided for your child to bring home. The Viking includes upcoming events, after school opportunities, notes of interest for parents and the community and updates from our school administration.