WEEKLY FAMILY FOCUS Nov 7, 2021
RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne
Nov. 9th - PTO Meeting on Zoom
Nov. 10th - PICTURE RETAKE DAY 8:30 -9:30 am
Nov. 19th - Popcorn Day hosted by PTO
No. 19th - Final Day for RMCS Food drive donations
(see below for details)
Nov. 22nd & 23rd- Parent Teacher Conferences- NO SCHOOL
Nov. 24, 25, 26 Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL
SCHOOL PICTURE RE-Take Day November 10th. - If your child is getting their picture re-taken, they must bring in the pictures that you want re-taken and hand them back to the photographer. Pictures will be taken between 8:30 - 9:30 AM, there is no charge for re-takes. If your child missed picture day, due to absence they can have their pictures taken on this date.
PTO MEETING DATES: PTO Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
11/9 -Zoom (too cold outside)
NO Dec meeting
RMCS PTO LINK FOR TUES 11/9 Meeting at 6 PM
Topic: RMCS PTO
Time: Nov 9, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 874 8866 2879
SCHOOL NURSE NOTES
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children-Resources
- Zoom Conversations: COVID Vaccines for Children. Join discussions with members of the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. See dates and zoom links here.
- Video for Children: How COVID Vaccines Work
- But Why? Podcast for Curious Kids: Why is it a shot? Kids Questions about COVID Vaccine.
- Make an Appointment: visit HERE. Children will receive 2 doses of the vaccine, given 3 weeks apart. A child will be fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the 2nd dose. GCS is a vaccination site on November 23rd and December 14th, but you must register through the link. Please DO NOT call our school to register, as it's done through the Department of Health - we are just a host site.
- Any families without internet access or who other would like assistance to make their appointment should contact the Health Department call center at (855) 722-7878, Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat and Sun 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- To speak with someone in a language other than English, dial the call center, and then press 1.
- People who are Deaf or hard of hearing can make a TTY call to this number by dialing 711 or 1-800-253-0195.
- TTS Virtual Town Hall: watch this recording of Vermont health professionals and representation from the Agency of Education, explaining the process, science behind it and answering questions about the Test to Stay program.
Family Resources to Keep Accessible:
- First Call: 802-488-7777: phone support, crisis intervention, assessment and referrals
- In Crisis: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
- Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). 24/7.
- Outright Vermont: support for LGBTQ+ community
- Vermont 211: Vermont database of resources and services
Vision & Hearing Screenings:
Vision and hearing screenings are conducted annually on students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade. We welcomed the Vermont Lions KidSight program, to perform photoscreening on students in the required grades and we will have completed those screenings by next week. If your child was absent, we will follow-up with traditional vision screening testing.
Vermont Lions KidSight program uses a photoscreening digital device called a SPOT vision screener to objectively check for vision problems. The photoscreener is like special-purpose camera; it takes a picture of a child’s eyes and by detecting special light reflexes from each eye, the device produces images that can help identify potential eye conditions.
If an eye concern is identified, we will send you the results of the photoscreener along with a recommendation for further vision testing by a specialist. If you do not hear from us, your child passed the screening.
As always, please contact us if you have questions or would like follow-up vision or hearing checks.
TEST TO STAY
Our district is excited to announce that we are preparing to begin the voluntary antigen Test to Stay (TTS) program. The TTS program is activated when an unvaccinated student or student(s) are identified as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19. The intention of the TTS program is to allow students that would otherwise be required to quarantine to remain in school. A detailed description of this program can be found on the Agency of Education Test to Stay website. More details on what testing day will look like are included below.
Test to Stay is only for unvaccinated students, who are asymptomatic (do not have symptoms), and who are close contacts of a positive case that they encountered at school. It replaces the need to quarantine and miss school days, but students are still expected to quarantine when at home, including on the weekends.
At this time, we do not have the test kits, but anticipate that happening soon. In the meantime, we would like to firm up parental consent and registration to ensure a smooth rollout.
Next Steps: Complete Both Forms Below
A student can only participate in Test to Stay if their parent/guardian has given consent. If you would like your child to participate in the response testing, including the antigen Test to Stay program, please complete the Consent Form as soon as possible.
Vermont will be using SimpleReport to report the results of antigen tests. This reporting system allows for parents/guardians to receive their student’s results instantly. Please register your student, including your contact information, using this registration link. Please Note: this self-registration link is not the same as giving consent. In order for your child to participate, you must complete both: the above Consent Form and the SimpleReport form.
How the Test to Stay Program works
If you have consented for your child to participate in the Test to Stay program you will receive a notification from your child’s school if they have been identified as a close contact of a positive case. In most cases, Test to Stay will start the next morning and your child will receive a rapid antigen test before the start of the school day. Daily antigen testing will continue until seven (7) school days after the last exposure. If the last day of testing falls on a weekend, then the school will do a final day of testing on Monday morning.
If your child tests negative, they may remain at school and participate in school-sponsored activities.
If your child tests positive, they will be considered positive for COVID-19 and will need to enter a period of isolation for 10 days.
If your child develops symptoms at any point, inform the school, seek a PCR test right away and keep your child at home and away from others.
Your child does not need to be tested on the weekends, but should quarantine, meaning they should not participate in other activities, go to the grocery store, or spend time with friends and others outside of their household.
It is important to note that this Test to Stay program is only for attendance at school or on-campus school-sponsored activities. Your child is expected to quarantine for all other activities, aside from medical appointments, until seven (7) days after last exposure. While participating in Test to Stay, your child may not attend school activities that involve students from other schools, such as sport or scholastic competitions.
During the entirety of this Test to Stay protocol, you or a designated person should be available to provide transportation to the testing location (577 Dorset Street, So. Burlington: across from the high school and next to the Fire Station).
You, or a designated person, will wait at 577 Dorset Street until the rapid test results come back (approximately 30 minutes).
If your child receives a positive antigen test result, they will need to be brought home from the testing site.
During your child’s quarantine:
You should watch for symptoms, even if mild, of cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, fatigue, muscle pain or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
Your child should not leave home, except to attend school, on-campus school-sponsored activities, or to get medical care.
You should call ahead before visiting a health care provider or emergency department with your child to notify them that your child is in quarantine.
While at home, your child should stay apart from other people in the household, especially anyone who is at increased risk of getting very sick, like people who are older or have certain health conditions. Other household members, including siblings attending school, do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms.
If at any point your child develops symptoms:
Do not send your child to school.
Call your child’s health care provider or make an appointment through the Vermont Department of Health to schedule a PCR test.
If your child is having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital.
If your child doesn’t have a provider, call 2-1-1 to be connected to a clinic in your area.
People with mild illness can treat their symptoms at home: help your child get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take fever-reducing medication if needed.
View this recorded Virtual Town Hall with a group of Vermont medical professionals and representation from the Agency of Education (it was held October 28 to help provide information and answer questions about the Test to Stay program).
If you have general questions about Test-to-Stay, please contact your school nurse directly.
RMCS Faculty/Staff Honored
Paula Jensvold was honored with the Rick Marcotte Central School Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by UVM. paula is The RMCS Instructional Coach
Susan Dattilio was honored with the Dominich Marabella Support Staff Award. Sue Dattilio works in the Main office of RMCS (and has worked at RMCS for 40 years in vaious capacities!)
Original Works Program with Ms.Lewis
RMCS has open positions for:
Interventionists- Full time - 2 positions available
Recess Supervisors (3 hours a day)
Substitute Teachers (2 full time floating sub, 5 days a week, now through Dec.)
Substitute Teachers- Flexible scheduling
Substititue Caller - 10 hours a week
Please apply via SchoolSpring.com or call Kathleen Kilbourne for more information at 652-7201.
SB high schoolers from the FEA (Future Educators of America) came to read with Mrs. Liguori's third graders!
The COLD WEATHER IS HERE
THE COLD WEATHER IS HERE!
Being a VT parent takes on a whole new meaning in November! As the temperature starts to drop, we are in need of warmly dressed students for recess. Students can no longer wear shorts and short sleeves outside. Please be sure your child is equipped with VT winter gear – snowpants, boots, hats, mittens and a warm coat. Our students go outside every day, except if the wind chill or temperature is below 0 degrees. There is not an indoor recess option. If students are too sick to go outside for recess, then please consider an early pick up. Use a permanent marker to write your child’s name on EVERYTHING. Many times, students have the same kinds of boots, coats and snowpants, and it gets confusing in the cubby areas! You can support the reduction in winter gear loss by practicing at home. Teach your child to put their mittens in their hat, and their hat in the sleeve of their coat. Make it fun by having timed practices to see how fast they can get their snowpants on, coats on and zipped, everything off and hung up on a hook…who can do this faster, you or your child?
Ms. Appleby’s class earns an all day read-a-thon!
Virtual Town Hall on test to stay with medical professionals and the AOE
Vermont medical professionals and the Agency of Education explain the Test to Stay program, why it is going to be used in schools, how it works, and some other details to help parents/guardians understand it. They also answer questions shared before and during the Town Hall. (1 hour and 22 minutes total time).
Kait Hale and Paula Jensvold on "Barb's Bench"
American Red Cross Blood Drive in Memory of Ms.Buley
South Burlington Community and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.
Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!
Site: Chamberlin School
Address: 262 White Street, South Burlington, VT, 05403
Room Name: Gym
Date: Sat Nov 13, 2021
Time: 9:00: AM - 3:00: PM
Blood Program Leader Name: Bradley Howort
Click here to make an appointment
South Burlington School District remembers and celebrates the life of Kathy Buley. Ms. Buley passed away on October 15th, 2020. The Chamberlin School community and their South Burlington School District colleagues started a new tradition two years ago, an annual Red Cross Blood Drive, to honor their beloved teacher and colleague. Ms. Buley was very passionate and supportive of the American Red Cross organization after her emergency medical assistance in 2019. Ms. Buley lost her battle to pancreatic cancer but the Red Cross blood donations she received during her care were instrumental in extending and improving the quality of time she had left. Please join us and help others in her memory. Thank you.
The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.
Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!
Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store, Google Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, view your blood type and results of your mini-physical, and track your donations.
Ms. Miller, Ms. Kulhowvick, Ms. Kelliher Dressed for Miss Spiders Tea Party
Name A Snow Plow... "THE MIGHTY MOOSE" from RMCS
Students at RMCS voted and the name that came out on top was "The Might Moose"! We have submitted our name and awaiting hearing if ours is one of the selected names for a plow truck. IF "The Might Moose" is selected the snow plow with that decaled name will visit our school! Stay tuned!
BERLIN FALL SCHOLASTIC CHESS TOURNAMENT
Open to all abilities for kids in grades K through 12. Full details at:
Daily Health Screening - Ruvna App
Families are required to complete the daily health screening questions about your child's health status through an email or text using an app called Ruvna. Please be sure to complete it daily before your child comes to school. Nurse Cannon follows up by phone with families who have not completed the health screening questions. Thank you!