SCS Weekly Newsletter 10.17.22

Week of October 17, 2022

Principals' Message

Dear SCS Families and Caregivers,

We want to take a moment to acknowledge some hard-working folks who don't always get the spotlight at SCS. Our food service team has been a model of collaboration, resilience, and efficiency this year. Did you know that we serve more meals than any other school in the district? In September, we averaged 400 lunch meals served each day, which represents 57% of our student population. The most popular day was one of our Thursday pizza offerings, when 502 students got school lunch. Additionally, we are averaging 213 breakfasts served each day, representing 30% of our students.

School meals are free to all students again this year. Throughout the pandemic, the State of Vermont only required us to report the total number of each type of meal served. This year, we have to report which students are getting each type of meal, which has forced the food service team to revise their systems. By using laminated cards stored on holders in the hallway, they have been able to speed up the process to make sure every student has enough time to eat. We're incredibly grateful to our entire food service team for their dedication and endless good cheer!

We're also excited to welcome the PTO's Food Smart committee back to the cafeteria. As in past years, Food Smart will be working with classes throughout the building to prepare and serve a healthy, delicious meal. We're kicking things off next month with Stone Soup and hope to be able to offer additional tastes throughout the year. Given the manual labor and cooking implements involved, Food Smart is always looking for volunteers. Please check the link in the banner further down this newsletter to sign up for PTO updates if you're not getting them already. You can also connect with Food Smart through the link above or by reaching out to

Finally, we want to thank Liz Carney and the PTO at large for organizing the annual Dynamic Dates fundraiser. We've begun to notify student winners by delivering personalized invitations throughout the day. It has been so much fun to see students and staff members start connecting in creative ways! Keep an eye on the Shelburne News and our @SCSLearns Twitter account for some coverage of this fantastic tradition. The reporter who is working on the story is also interested in speaking with any students or families who would be willing to share their experience with Dynamic Dates...if that sounds like you, please reach out to Brett or Alison.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Take care,

Alison, Brett, & Emily

Community Shout-Out!

Dear SCS Community,

An anonymous person sent items from my classroom Amazon Wish List. I want to extend a hearty THANK YOU! for the puppets and flexible seating stool for my room! Your generosity is so appreciated and the items will be put to use today!!

With gratitude,

Jodi Sanders, K-7 Music

Submit a Staff Shout-Out

Our weekly staff memo starts with a Community Celebrations section. If you'd like to submit a shout-out for a staff member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, we'd love to hear about it! Please use this brief form to do so.
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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 15, 9:30 am, CVSD Strategic Planning Community Forum, WCS
  • October 17, 9:00 am, CVSD Strategic Planning Community Forum, Pierson Library, Shelburne
  • NEW: October 27, 6:00pm, CVSD Strategic Planning Community Forum, CVU, Hinesburg

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Shelburne Kids Activities Together (S.K.A.T.) is up and running!

3rd-8th Gardeners,

Do you want to grow good food, and make great friends? If you also care about making SCS look wonderful join us for the great gardening SKAT program on Mondays from 3-4:15 in October (the spring program will be announced at a later date) to glean and clean the gardens. We will also make a plan for the spring of 2023, making signs and then make a long term plan for the next five years to grow SCS great and feed our school and community. Contact Sarah Sargent at or register here. Joey Adams (Garden Club Coordinator) can be reached at or at 802-985-3331x177


Tuesdays: October 18th, 25th, November 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th, December 6th, 13th

Grades 3rd, 4th & 5th

Join the S.K.A.T. Rainbow Club, a place where you are free to be yourself among allies. This club is for those in the LGBTQIA+ community and their friends! We will learn about historical events, have a safe space to ask questions, and do some fun projects with Ms. Kiah, School Counselor.

Town of Shelburne's Equity & Diversity Committee - First Annual Heritage Potluck

The town of Shelburne's Equity & Diversity Committee, in partnership with Shelburne Parks & Recreation, is hosting the First Annual Heritage Potluck. The flyer is linked here, and here are the quick details:

Why: To celebrate the diversity in our town and honor the different cuisines that nourish our community.

When: Sunday, October 23, from 3-7 pm

Where: Shelburne Town Gym

What: Bring a dish to share that highlights your family's traditional cuisine

Link for sign up:

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Much More To Follow - Please Continue Reading!

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont - Family Support Programs

2 hour curriculum-based programs (can join two weeks past start date),

  • Nurturing Fathers, Tuesdays at 5:30pm starting October 4th with Cindy
  • Nurturing Skills for Families, Wednesdays at 6pm starting October 5th with Deb
  • Strengthening Families with Teens, Wednesdays at 3pm starting October 12th with Gabby
  • Nurturing Skills for Families in Recovery, Tuesdays at noon starting October 25th with Zoe
  • Nurturing Skills for Families, Mondays at 10am starting November 7th with Cindy
  • Nurturing Families Prenatal through 3 months, Wednesdays at 10am starting November 9th with Cindy
  • Strengthening Families Program for Birth - Age 3, Wednesdays at 5pm starting November 16th with Zoe
  • Nurturing Skills for Families, Thursdays at 5pm starting November 17th with Zoe
  • Nurturing Skills for Families in Recovery, Thursdays at 2pm starting December 1st with Gabby
  • Nurturing Fathers, Mondays at 11am starting December 12th with Zoe
  • Strengthening Families with Teens, Wednesdays at 5:30pm starting December 14th with Gabby
  • Nurturing Skills for Families in Recovery, Fridays at 1:30pm starting December 16th with Gabby
  • Nurturing Skills for Families, Fridays at 2pm starting December 16th with Zoe

90 minute support groups…

  • Parents of Children 0-5, Mondays 4pm with Zoe
  • Open to All, Tuesday at 10am with Cindy
  • Parents with Children in Foster Care, Tuesdays at 7pm with Cindy
  • Open to All, Wednesdays at 7am with Zoe
  • Parents in Recovery, Wednesdays at 5pm with Cindy
  • Open to All, Wednesdays at 5:30pm with Gabby
  • Parents of LGBTQ+ Children, Thursdays at noon with Cindy
  • Single Moms, Thursdays at 5:30pm with Cindy
  • Parents of Teens, Thursdays at 7:30pm with Michelle

Submit a referral via our on line referral form as the family need arises. We are using the rolling referrals to fill current programs and determine what programs we need to choose next.

Our two curriculum-based support programs, Strengthening Families and The Nurturing Parenting Programs, are trauma informed, free of charge, and offered via Zoom. In addition to group work, participants have 1:1 personalized weekly check-ins available to connect the curriculum work with their individual family dynamics.

Click here to seeing more information regarding our upcoming parenting programs. Please reach out to me with any questions!

Pierson Library Open Mic - November 6th from 2-4pm

Please join us on Sunday, November 6 from 2-4pm for an Acoustic Open Mic at the Pierson Library. All Ages Welcome! Bring your instrument, a song to sing, a poem to read, and your family and friends. Sign-up starts at 1:30pm. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there and hearing you perform.

Want to Get Involved?

Please consider joining the Shelburne Community School PTO community. All are welcome! Visit their website for details.

Still Need More Information?

Find upcoming events, library resources, athletics information, the monthly lunch menu, teacher teams, curriculum information, CY Mentoring, School Counselors, transportation, and more on the SCS website.

Access Information on the CVSD Website

Find information about monthly School Board Meetings, community forums such as the DEI Town Hall, and more on the district calendar.

See the year at a glance on the 2022-2023 K-8 School Year Calendar.

The CVSD Mission is to develop citizens who learn, think, live, contribute, and pursue excellence. See The CVSD Story.

Shelburne Community School Administration

Alison Celmer, PreK-4 Principal

Brett Cluff, 5-8 Principal

Emily Cogan, Director of Special Education