FAMILY FRIDAY FOCUS August 7, 2020

RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

September 8th is the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

REQUIRED Registration Form for how your student will be accessing school this fall (by Aug 14th)

USE YOUR VOICE AND VOTE on AUGUST 11th

The re-vote on the revised, proposed FY21 budget will take place August 11th in conjunction with the state primary. If you requested an absentee ballot in either of the prior votes, you will automatically receive a school ballot. A reminder that time is getting tight to request and receive an absentee ballot (a ballot can be requested via the Secretary of State’s My Voter page) in time to return it to City Hall by August 11.

We recommend mailing your ballot no later than August 5 in order for it to arrive on time. After August 5, you may drop off your ballot at City Hall weekdays from 9 am-noon and 1:00-4:00 pm (these are also the hours by which you may vote in person until August 10 at noon) or place it in the night drop box outside City Hall until 8:00 am August 11. In person voting will also occur August 11 from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm at all three of our polling locations: Orchard School (7-1), FHTMS (7-2, 7-3), and Chamberlin School (7-4).

Important Information On Deadlines: The last day to request an absentee ballot is the day before the election, August 10. Nothing can be dropped off at City Hall on election day. Any ballot that is received in the mail on election day will count. Anything received after the polls close at 7:00 pm, will not count.

Which days will my student attend in person at RMCS?

SBSD Hybrid (Step II) finds students placed in cohorts, with two days of in person learning and three days of remote learning. The District needs to do this for health and safety reasons. The cohort splits are based on the last name of a household's youngest student. The cohorts are (A-K) and (L-Z). During hybrid (Step II) the A-K cohort will be on campus Monday and Tuesday, all students are remote on Wednesdays, and the L-Z cohort is on campus Thursday and Friday.

The District will consider hardship requests for a change in cohorts. However, requests must be based on specific criteria and not all will be granted. Decisions regarding individual hardship requests will be made consistently across all schools in South Burlington. Initial decisions will be made at the school level and can be appealed to the Superintendent. The Superintendent's decision is final.

PLEASE FILL OUT THE HARDSHIP REQUEST FORM IN MR. YOUNG'S LETTER IF YOU ARE WANTING A SWITCH FOR YOUR CHILD FOR THE DAYS OF THE WEEK IN OUR START OF THE YEAR HYBRID MODEL. IF YOU SENT AN EMAIL TO MS.KILBOURNE, YOU MUST ALSO FILL OUT THE FORM TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A CHANGE. WE WILL BE USING THE INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM THE FORMS TO LOOK AT ALL OF THE REQUESTS IN OUR DISTRICT, SO WE ARE BEING AS FAIR AND CONSISTENT AS POSSIBLE.

A huge THANK YOU to our custodial staff at RMCS....

While I have been here only one month as the new principal, I can assure you that the custodial staff at RMCS is superb! They are here every day helping us to clean, build, organize, and prepare for our reopening, given all of the new safety guidelines. They greet each day with a smile, and a "happy to help" attitude. Often the staff in our buildings who are here all summer go without "Kudos " and I wanted you all to be aware that we could not be preparing for the return of staff and students without them! Please join me in letting them know we appreciate them and their hundreds of hours of dedication and share talents. This is one amazing team, and I am personally and professionally grateful to have them with us at RMCS! (Not available for pictures today, John Boy Wagner )

Health Updates

Health Updates

More things to consider providing for your student, as you plan for returning to school:


  • Consider having a couple of water bottles for your student to use at school. The water fountains will not be available, but the water-bottle filling stations will be open.
  • Provide an extra set of clothes to be kept at school and replaced as needed (including pre-kindergarteners to 5th graders!).
  • Consider various snack and lunch options that will not include the most frequent allergens, such as loose nuts, sticky nut and peanut-butter spreads and nut milks. If your child has nut or other food allergies in their classroom, you will get further information closer to the start of school.
  • If your child is having lunch from home, be sure they have reusable containers that they can open independently, to limit contact by others with their food items.
  • Have multiple facial coverings for your student. Extra facial coverings will be helpful to have at school in case your student(s) lick or suck the fabric, drop it on the ground, sneeze, or if it just gets misplaced when it's taken off for eating.


Upcoming Food Distribution Event Dates and Locations

Upcoming Food Distribution Event Dates and Locations
Detailed information about food distribution events for the last two weeks of August is available on the State of Vermont Food Help website. It is requested that households pre-register for their pickup via the Vermont Food Help website. Those who are unable to access the website or need assistance with registration should dial 2-1-1.

Distributions for the weeks of Aug. 17 and Aug. 24, 2020:

  • Aug. 17, 2020: South Burlington and St. Albans
  • Aug. 18, 2020: Rutland and Bethel
  • Aug. 19, 2020: Brattleboro and Springfield
  • Aug 20, 2020: Newport and Brighton
  • Aug 21, 2020: Barre and Hartford/White River Junction
  • Aug 24, 2020: South Burlington and Burlington North End
  • Aug. 25, 2020: Rutland and Shoreham
  • Aug 26. 2020: Brattleboro and Bennington
  • Aug 27. 2020: Newport and Richford
  • Aug 28, 2020: Barre and Morrisville