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Weekly Newsletter

March 10, 2020

Principal's Message

SCS Families,

I apologize for holding our newsletter for one day, but after hearing about the developing concern in the Williston schools late Sunday night, I was pretty sure that Monday would be a day full of new developments.

At the building level, efforts continued at SCS to support the health and well-being of our students,  Our custodial staff was extremely visible throughout the building.  They deeply cleaned surfaces, railings, and doorknobs as they have for the last week,  The main office and health office staff continue to be wonderful about addressing parent concerns and phone calls.  Jocelyn and Kelly went a step further on Monday by offering to travel to classrooms to teach and discuss how to more effectively wash your hands.  From a student perspective, it was "business as usual" on a beautiful spring-like day.

At the district level, the entire district administrative team met in the wake of the Williston closures in order to plan and communicate our continuing efforts to promote community health and safety.  There were two major outcomes of that meeting, which need to be shared:

  • The first was an email, which was thoughtfully constructed to answer many of the questions that the schools and central office had received throughout the day.  While most of these FAQ's were specific to the Williston closure, some others were more generally about the district response to the COVID-19 threat.  This information was shared via email to all CVSD families and staff, but I have consolidated that email here for your review, in case you missed it.
  • The second item was discussion and decisions about how to handle issues of student and staff travel in the coming weeks.  This process was challenging as we were forced to weigh the incredibly powerful and exciting travel planned for our students and staff with the reality we currently face.  The decisions that were made took into account our responsibility to protect the well being our students and staff but also reflects a shared responsibility for positively impacting the health of our larger communities.  Here are the decisions that came out around student and staff travel:
Any student trip or school-sponsored travel out of the state or the country will be cancelled through April break and will be reassessed at that time

All district supported professional development travel out of state will be cancelled through April break.

In-state field trips and professional conferences would continue to be a case by case local decision

 These decisions, while fully supported by the entire district leadership team, and in line with decisions being made all over the country, will have a huge impact on our students and staff.  At both CVU and SCS, Shelburne students will unfortunately miss out on educational opportunities that they have looked forward to for a long time.  Many SCS staff members will also miss out on professional development and conferences that offer them the essential opportunity to learn outside of Vermont.

The largest impact of this decision will certainly be on our band program and their planned trip to Montreal in April.  Approximately 70 students have prepared and fundraised to make this trip a reality.  I have been in communication with Mr. Buckingham throughout this decision-making process.  We will sit down with the students this morning to explain to them the decision and that we will do everything in our power to try to reschedule the trip later in the year.  While perhaps unlikely, this would give the band program the opportunity to experience the trip if conditions around COVID-19 improve and the district loosens travel restrictions.  We are extremely regretful that we find ourselves in this situation, but we believe the district has made the decision that is in the best interests of our students, our school, and the larger community.

We will continue to update our families on our efforts in this area.  Not just via this newsletter, but through email messages that will convey district-wide decision making.  Please reach out with your questions and concerns as we do our very best to make good decisions for our students in the face of this recent challenge.

Have a great week!

SCS Theatre Arts Presents "Rock of Ages"
We invite all SCS community members to support our 6th-8th grade students and their annual theatre arts performance.  The entire 5-8 will travel to Town Hall Gym on Friday afternoon to support their classmates.  But, this program needs paying customers to come out this weekend and fill the seats for "Rock of Ages".  If you are the child of the 80' will not regret coming out to see this show.

Friday 3/13 7:00pm, Saturday 3/14 2:00pm
 and 6:00pm at Shelburne Town Hall.

Set on L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, a city girl from South Detroit, and Sherri, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big. Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos and sporting even bigger hair! So bring your air guitar and Don't Stop Believin' that We Built This City on Rock 'n Roll!

Tickets $5 Students, $10 Adults at the door. Presented by the SCS Theater Arts Program. Director: Amy Riley. Choreographer: Ryan Addario. Music Director: Stacy Chadwell

Diversity and Inclusion Parent Group - Next Meeting: March 17th
The Diversity and Inclusion Parent Group will next meet on Tuesday, March 17th from 5:00-6:30pm in the SCS Library.  All are welcome!

K-4 Family Literacy & Math Night
Please join us, Thursday, March 19th, to learn and play.  Childcare will be provided during the presentation time.  Bring the whole family!  Click here for complete details.  Dinner will be provided, please RSVP to Garrath Higgins by Friday, March 13th.

Parent/Family Teacher Conferences
Please remember to be in touch with your child's classroom teacher to arrange a day and time for a Parent/Family Conference in the month of March.  These conferences are typically student-led, where the kids present work samples to their family that they are proud of and show personal growth throughout the year.

CVU Family Formal
Each year the Principles of Business class hosts a Family Formal, to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  This year, the event will be on Saturday, March 21st.  See all of the details and purchase your tickets here.

Girl's on the Run
Participant registration is now open for Shelburne Community School's Girls on the Run team! Our spring program starts March 23rd and is 10 weeks long. Our team will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30pm. 
At Girls on the Run, trained coaches use a research-based curriculum to help 3rd to 5th grade girls develop critical life skills that they can use at school, at home and with friends. Register your girl at or visit to learn more about this positive youth development program.

G.I.R.L. Expo
The Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains are hosting a G.I.R.L. Expo on Saturday, April 11th at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Burlington.  Click here for the details.

Inclusive Arts Family Drop-In
This program is sponsored by the Shelburne Craft School, in partnership with Inclusive Arts Vermont. We will be hosted by the Pierson Library and funding is provided by SCHIPs.  Come make art with us! All are welcome to this inclusive open studio program. Adaptive, inclusive materials and spaces will be integral to this family-centered program sponsored by Shelburne Craft School, in partnership with Inclusive Arts Vermont. A variety of materials will be offered along with an invitation to explore a different theme each month.
Location: Pierson Library, 5376 Shelburne Rd. Shelburne VT
Time: 10:00-11:30
Dates:  Saturdays, February 15, March 21, and April 18, 2020
Accommodation requests or inquiries? Please call 802-985-3648 or email

Class of 2024 - Save The Dates! (8th Grade Families)
Our graduation ceremony for the class of 2024 is scheduled for Thursday, June 11th at 4:00pm in the gymnasium.  It will be followed by light refreshments and a chance for photographs.

8th Grade Boat Dance
Our graduates will then board buses and leave SCS by 5:50pm (at the very latest) to board the Spirit of Ethan Allen for our traditional cruise on Lake Champlain.  This event will run from 6:30 - 9:00pm and buses will return to SCS directly after the dance/cruise.

Our 8th-grade awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10th at 1:15pm.  Patty Spagnolo will send letters to families if their student is slated to receive an award.  We do this as a courtesy to families, as we know that taking time from work and other commitments can be stressful midday.  That notice will likely come out in late May.

Important SCS Links

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SCS Blog SCS Blog
SCS Lunch Menu SCS Lunch Menu
SCS Athletics Page SCS Athletics Page
SCS Band Page SCS Band Page
SCS Choral Program SCS Choral Program
SCS Music Performance Calendar SCS Music Performance Calendar

Important External Links

SCS PTO Website SCS PTO Website
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CVSD 2019-2020 Calendar K-8 CVSD 2019-2020 Calendar K-8
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P.A.W.S newscast - Special Report from The Penguin Plunge
A Note from Ms. Celmer

Ms. Celmer has updated the Home & School Connection for the month of March.  Home & School Connection is a resource designed for PK-4 families.  It is filled with practical ideas, which promote school success, parent involvement, and more effective parenting.

Ms. Celmer has also added the following resource:

For additional information about Growth Mindset, families can visit this site;

Important Upcoming Dates
(A complete calendar can be found on the SCS website

Mar 9th - SCS Musical Rehearsal – Ms. Kelsh's Music Room (3:00-5:00pm)
Mar 10th - Kindergarten Open House – Miss Shannon's Classroom (5:30-6:15pm)
Mar 10th - PTO Meeting  – Green Commons (6:00-8:00pm)
Mar 11th - SCS Musical Rehearsal – Ms. Kelsh's Music Room (3:00-5:00pm)
Mar 12th - SCS Musical Rehearsal – Ms. Kelsh's Music Room (3:00-5:00pm)
Mar 13th - Rock of Ages, Middle School Edition – Shelburne Town Hall (7:00pm)
Mar 14th - Rock of Ages, Middle School Edition – Shelburne Town Hall (2:00pm)
Mar 14th - Rock of Ages, Middle School Edition – Shelburne Town Hall (6:00pm)
Mar 17th - Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting – SCS Library (5:00-6:30pm)
Mar 18th - 8th Grade Art Opening – Yellow/Red Corridor (6:00-7:00pm)
Mar 18th - Wind Ensemble's Small Ensemble Recital – SCS Cafeteria (7:00pm)
Mar 19th - Family Literacy & Math Night – SCS Cafeteria & Gymnasium (5:30-7:00pm)
Mar 20th - No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences
Mar 21st - CVU Family Formal – CVU High School Cafeteria (4:30-7:30pm) 
Mar 25th - Band Concert – SCS Gymnasium (7:00pm)

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