RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

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"Frosty Heart" - Photo Credit to Joanne Godek, Jericho, VT

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Important Dates to Note:

Nov. 10th -PICTURE RETAKE DAY 8:30 -9:30 am

Nov. 2nd- NO SCHOOL Election Day/ Staff Inservice

Nov. 19th Popcorn Day hosted by PTO

Nov. 22nd/23rd- Parent Teacher Conferences- NO SCHOOL

Nov. 24-26 Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL

SCHOOL PICTURES: School pictures were sent home on Friday. If you are planning on getting a re-take please contact the main office. The group (classroom) photos have not come in yet. They will be sent home as soon as they arrive.

PTO MEETING DATES: PTO Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

11/9 -Zoom (too cold outside)

NO Dec meeting






"Life is Gourd"...the 5th Grade Team of Teachers has the fall spirit!

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Virtual Town Hall on test to stay with medical professionals and the AOE

Here is the Link for the virtual town hall video on Test to Stay with medical professionals and the AOE. It was very informative about why we wil be using this method in SB!


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).

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COVID-19 Vaccine for 5-11 Year Olds--Approval Process:

  1. This week, the FDA voted to recommend emergency use authorization of Pfizer vaccine, for ages 5-11.
  2. ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) meets on November 2nd/3rdscuss.
  3. Once the CDC director gives endorsement, based on ACIP recommendations, vaccine administration may begin.
  4. The soonest Vermont can expect to administer the Pfizer Pediatric 5-11 year old vaccine will be November 4th. Ms. Rouelle is working with the VT Department of Health as Chamberlin has been identified as a vaccination site for Chittenden County. Stay tuned for more information about specific dates and times for November and December.

COVID Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know

This John's Hopkin's article (click to view) outlines important facts and answers questions for parents/guardians. Vaccination is the best tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19!

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your loved-ones, and others against the virus and its variants; the vaccine helps to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death. Getting vaccinated as soon as you can and wearing a mask indoors in public helps to maximize protection from the very contagious Delta variant and spreading it to others.

Booster Shots
You can get a booster shot if you are 18 or older and you received your:

  • 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago or
  • Johnson and Johnson at least two months ago

For Pfizer and Moderna boosters, you should get a booster if you are under 65 and feel at risk of getting COVID-19. The CDC defines risk as:

  • having certain medical conditions
  • working in a job that increases your risk of COVID-19 because you are indoors, exposed to the public and to other workers
  • living in a long term care facility, group home, college dormitory or other congregate setting
  • Black, Indigenous or a person of color (BIPOC) or live with someone who is BIPOC.

If you choose to get a different vaccine type for your booster than the type you first got, you cannot make a booster appointment through the Health Department until November 1.

For more information, click on the links below:

Halloween and Holidays--If You Celebrate, Consider the Following Safety Tips:

  • Wear masks in indoor public settings (do NOT put a mask on a child younger than 2)
  • Avoid crowded indoor spaces and parties
  • Trick or treat outside and limit crowds
  • If you feel sick or have symptoms, don't attend or host a gathering
  • Delay travel until fully vaccinated
  • Get vaccinated if you are eligible

* Please note: Please DO NOT send candy to school with your child(ren). Thank you!


A very special thank you to the South Burlington Rotary Club for their annual donation of a dictionary for each and every third grader. This particular dictionary also includes the alphabet in SIgn Language too!
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5th Grade Harvest Fest

Fifth grade held their annual Harvest Fest today! Students decorated pumpkins using materials they were supplied with. They had to get creative!
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Name A Snow Plow... "THE MIGHTY MOOSE" from RMCS

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - We’re not too far from seeing the snow fly and VTrans plows hitting the roads. And soon those big orange plow trucks will sport distinctive names of their own.

Elementary schools across the state are being invited this month to submit names for the 250 snowplows in the state. The agency is hoping to match every participating school with a plow.

VTrans’ Todd Law says they got a lot of inquiries from the public last winter about whether they’d consider naming their plows. and now, local kids will have the chance to do just that. The idea comes from Scotland, where the concept went viral last year after the public named their plows.

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!

4th Graders Earned an Olympic Event!

The fourth grader’s in Mr. Knepp’s /Mrs.Elmer's class filled their Marky Mark bucket as a result of being Respectful, Mindful, and Cooperative! We celebrated with Olympic Games including, long jump, football throw, and relay races!
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So what are the students learning in Health Class these days?

THANKS Ms.Guido for giving us a sneak peek into the coming weeks

Topic: Physical Activity/Play & Heart Wellness-Cardiovascular System

Duration: Anticipated 2 weeks

Goals: Students will be able to...

  • Explain the basic structure and function of our cardiovascular system (4th Grade)
    • And connect their knowledge of the cardiovascular system to physical activity
  • Explore their bodies' connection to physical activity (1st and 4th grade)
  • Practice strategies for working cooperatively and respectfully with a group in competitive and non-competitive situations (1st and 4th grade)
  • Explain the importance of physical activity in maintaining healthy body systems (1st and 4th grade)

Guiding CDC Standards:

Pre-K-Grade 2

1.2.1 Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.

6.2.1 Identify a short-term personal health goal and take action toward achieving the goal.

7.2.1 Demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health.

Grades 3-5
6.5.1 Set a personal health goal and track progress toward its achievement.
7.5.1 Identify responsible personal health behaviors.
7.5.2 Demonstrate a variety of healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health.

Other Guiding Resources:

  • VT Health Education Guidelines for Curriculum and Assessment, Nutrition and Physical Activity Content Descriptors / Outcomes

This unit is occurring at a similar time to Doug Day's PE unit focusing on pedometers and encouraging physical activity for a lifetime.

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Saturday, November 20th, 2021 at the Capital City Grange Hall in Berlin, VT.
Open to all abilities for kids in grades K through 12. Full details at:

Farm to School: Common Roots for OCT

Hello South Burlington Families and Friends!

October is Indigenous People’s Month here in Vermont so we are taking some time to acknowledge and celebrate the Abenaki in Farm to School. Did you know there are Native American squash and pumpkins currently growing in pumpkin patches and farms across Vermont? The Abenaki, a Vermont tribe, grow many varieties of squash. The most popular ones, you might recognize, are the big Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins (Connecticut Field Pumpkin) and sweet pie pumpkins. The Abenaki word for squash and pumpkins is “wassawa”.

Every tribe has seed guardians or seed carriers who take responsibility for the tribe’s precious seed. It’s impressive to think about the pumpkins we grow for Halloween and Thanksgiving are originally from seeds passed down through generations by the Abenaki!

We enjoyed this Pumpkin Apple Hash in class this month, with some ground sumac sprinkled on top for an immune system boost and a burst of flavor!

Pumpkin Apple Hash

Serves 2-4

This dish is great as a simple side, or take it up a notch with some sauteed kale, avocado, or a fried egg!


● 3 cups pumpkin, peeled, deseeded, and cut in ½-in cubes

● 2 apples, diced (leave skin on)

● 1 yellow onion, diced

● 2 Tbsp olive oil

● ½ tsp salt

● Sumac, to garnish (optional)


1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onions until translucent - about 4-5 min.

2. Add the pumpkin and apple. Turn the heat up to medium high and stir every 3-4 min until pumpkin and apples get a bit caramelized on all sides.

3. Then turn the heat back down to low, season with salt (and pepper if you wish) and cook for another 10-15 min until the pumpkin is fork tender.

4. Serve warm with a sprinkle of sumac on top.

Come visit our Farmstand at South Village - and support the Farm to School program with your purchase. We are open Monday - Saturday, 8am-6pm. Friday October 29, 3-6pm is the Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree! Come by for free apple cider, donuts, pumpkin carving demos, and storytelling. See the link below for more information.

Photos below are of our 4th and 5th graders at GCS enjoying Farm to School this week!

Till next month, Nourish to Flourish

Lauren Jones, Farm to School Educator for Common Roots


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 rketner@sbschools.net.

RMCS HIRING- Current Open Positions

RMCS has open positions for:

Interventionists- Full time

Recess/Lunch Supervisors (3 hours a day)

Substitute Teachers (2 full time floating sub, 5 days a week, now through Dec.)

Substitute Teachers- Flexible scheduling

Please apply via SchoolSpring.com or call Kathleen Kilbourne for more information at 652-7200.


Just a reminder that beginning OCTOBER 24, 2021 local calls will require you to dial 10-digits. Currently, you are able to dial 7-digits or 10-digits and your call will be completed. After October 24th, if you dial 7-digits, your call will not be completed.

What is the new dialing procedure?
Beginning October 24, 2021, you must dial the area code + telephone number (or 1 + the area code + telephone number as applicable) for all local calls. On and after this date, local calls dialed with only 7-digits may not be completed, and a recording may inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed. If you get this recording, you must hang up and dial again using the area code and the 7-digit number.

Why is the dialing change needed?
Mandatory 10-digit dialing for all local calls must be implemented so that 988 can be used as the new 3-digit number to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline.

Beginning July 16, 2022, dialing “988” will route your call to the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline.

What will remain the same?

  • Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
  • The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to this dialing change.
  • What is a local call now will remain a local call regardless of the number of digits dialed.
  • You will continue to dial 1 + area code + telephone number for all long distance calls.
  • You can still dial just three digits to reach 911 (emergency services) and 211 (Essential Community Services).
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can still be reached by dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Will you be able to dial 988 without a prefix from a multi-line telephone system?
No, you still will need to dial a prefix first when dialing 988 from a multi-line telephone system. With our telephone system, you will dial 9 first.

Can you still dial 1-800-273-TALK to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline?
Yes, you can dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach the Lifeline now. Starting July 16, 2022, everyone can dial either 988 or 1-800-273-TALK to reach the Lifeline.

Is 988 a new area code?
No, “988” is a new 3-digit code that may be used to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, starting on July 16, 2022.

For more information, please visit the FCC website at fcc.gov/suicide-prevention-hotline.

Thank you,

Daily Health Screening - Ruvna App

Families will again be required to complete the daily health screening questions about your child's health status through an email or text through 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!

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Need Help with Technology? Use this link to access Tech supports!

Visit the RMCS website at sbschools.net or just click on this link for tech support!