We hope you had a wonderful long weekend and enjoyed the summer-like weather we've experienced. It is a reminder of what little time we have left in this truly unprecedented school year. Only three weeks remain until school is paused for summer break. Our last day of school for students will be Friday, June 12th. The one exception is for our 8th-grade students who will wrap up (and graduate!) on Thursday, June 11th.
We appreciate your patience in waiting for this week's newsletter. We hope that a few hour delay did not ruin your morning routine, but we wanted to pack this with as much relevant information for families as possible. There are countless processes and traditions that usually fit neatly within the final few weeks of school. It is usually a whirlwind, but this year will likely give an all-new meaning to that term. While we are awaiting guidance or final decisions on many of these elements, here are some "quick hitters" that will help to answer some of your questions about the end of the school year:
- 8th Grade graduation will occur on Thursday, June 11th. It will be a remote ceremony that will be shared with the entire SCS community via YouTube Premiere at 4:00 pm. We will have many of our usual traditions wrapped into the ceremony, including 8th-grade awards. Later in the evening, 8th grader families will have a "rolling rally" where they will drive to SCS in individual cars for the awarding of diplomas, awards, and Green Envelopes. More fun details to come...
- Yearbooks are currently being produced and we have an initial delivery date of June 24th. This is due to delays sparked by the public health crisis. We will build a plan around yearbook distribution once we have the physical product in our hands. We appreciate your patience.
- CVSD will be reaching out to families with the opportunity for students to hold onto their Chromebooks over the summer. Families would need to "opt-in" to this agreement, but there is absolutely no pressure to do so. SCS will build a system for Chromebook returns for families that do not wish to take on this responsibility over the summer.
- The student placement process is either completed or entering its final stages (depending on grade level). Groups of teachers, counselors, and administrators have been working together to use the information provided by current teachers and families to create balanced groupings for the 2020-2021 school year. Traditional Step Up Day activities will not occur in the spring. We will instead target the fall as a time for students to meet their new teachers and teams. But, welcome letters will be sent to each student in grades K, 1,3,5, and 7, which will indicate their placement. We are currently targeting the final day of school (June 12th) as the date to send out this information. Obviously, all placement decisions are unfortunately more "subject to change", in this environment, than ever before. It is our absolute intention to honor and utilize our established structures and groupings for the 2020-2021 school year. But, obviously, flexibility may be necessary to meet the challenges that public schools and our community could face in the coming weeks and months.
- The SCS faculty is planning a parade, which will move past homes on each and every SCS bus route on Wednesday, June 10th. The parade will begin at approximately 4:00 pm. We encourage folks to stay safe on their own property and not to congregate in public places. We have a huge list of faculty and staff members who will be hitting the road to bring a little cheer to the community during the last week of school. We wanted you to have the date and time so you don't miss it.
- CVSD administration has begun the process of planning for what summer instruction could look like - perhaps with both a remote and in-person option. The Agency of Education will issue additional guidance with more specifics about what in-person instruction could look like, which will continue to inform what we are able to provide. CVSD administrators are convening a working group with faculty to develop summer instruction options. We understand that uncertainty is a challenge - however, we are bound by state-level guidance that has not been developed to date.
Families of children who may receive Extended School Year (ESY) services through their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be receiving additional information regarding those services for the summer. As we receive new guidance and develop plans accordingly, we will communicate updates and engage students and families in the process of meeting the unique needs of all CVSD students
- Mr. Sivo and Rachel Petraska are planning to host families of current 4th-grade students for a remote 5th Grade Parent Evening on Tuesday, June 9th. The meeting will be conducted by Google Meet at 6:00 pm. There will be a formal presentation and plenty of time for Q&A. Please mark your calendars.
OK, that was a ton of information. While the information may not be as definitive as we would like, we hope this begins to answer many of the questions families have about the end of the school year and beyond.
Have a wonderful week!
SCS School Closure Parent Resources
Ms. Celmer's PK-4 Letter w/Learning Plan
Mr. Sivo's 5-8 Letter w/Learning Plan
CVSD COVID-19 Information
SCS Remote Learning Site
Library and Digital Learning page
SCS Library Online: Sora
Shelburne Community School Art Facebook Page
Vermont Art Online
Student Wellness Page
Calm Together - Self Care Blog
May is Mental Health Awareness Month - DMH
DMH Week 1 Newsletter pdf
DMH Week 2 Newsletter pdf
DMH Week 3 Newsletter pdf
Food for Students and Families
CVSD Food Service
Shelburne Food Shelf
Tech Support for Remote Learning
CVSD Family Tech Support
Internet Connectivity - VT Dept of Public Services
School-Home Partnership on Behalf of Student Safety
With students online even more during remote learning, it is critical that we all join together to support them. When Chromebooks went home with students, our district added a filtering and monitoring program to student school-issued Chromebooks that is similar to what we have in place when in the buildings. We are viewing data about sites that students attempt to access and we can truly say that they are focused primarily on educational content. That being said, some students have tried to access other sites, most of which have been blocked by our system. There are going to be occasions where a site may not be blocked and should be. We do count on parents and caregivers, whether during this time of remote learning or at any time, to partner with us to help monitor your child’s activity online. Please see the resources on the Technology page of our COVID-19 site. There, you will find not only information about getting tech support, but also more about digital citizenship, digital wellbeing, and a new podcast, “Parent Trapped,” from Common Sense Media designed specifically for parents at home with children during the pandemic. Here’s a link to the flyer that went home with Chromebooks as a reminder for how to get help. We hope you find something that is useful and informative. Thank you for working with us to support student learning.
CVSD School Year Calendar 2020-2021
2020 Census - Shape your Future
It starts with each of us doing our part by completing the 2020 Census Questionnaire. Completing the questionnaire allows you to influence the amount of money that comes to Vermont for many of our essential programs that benefit our health and safety, and pay for our roads, local government, schools, hospitals, and so much more.
You can complete the Census by going to my2020cesus.gov or by calling 844-330-2020. If you have received an invitation to complete the census, simply follow directions. If you have not, or cannot locate it, you can still complete it by calling 844-330-2020 or by going online to my2020census.gov, clicking start, then clicking ‘If you don’t have a Census ID click here,’ and following directions.
CVSD School Calendar for 2020-2021 is now available on our district website.
2nd-4th Grade Student Art Supply Kits
Art Supply Kits available for those in need. Our amazing art department did not want anyone to think we forgot about our 2nd through 4th-grade friends who might be in need of more art supplies over the next few weeks. (Our K-1 families picked up kits a few weeks ago.) You can pick up an art supply kit during our food pick-up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at SCS between 8-10am. Please only take what you absolutely need, as we are starting to run low on our supplies and want to make sure those who need it, receive it. Thanks for being thoughtful and considerate of others. Stay curious & creative!
Kindergarten Families Virtual Tour
Welcoming our new Kindergarten families for the 2020-2021 school year. Ms. Celmer, and many others, are currently working on developing a virtual tour of Shelburne Community School, as well as an introductory video of what to expect for the SCS kindergarten experience. We typically offer an in-person Kindergarten Information Night, but due to physical distancing, we are getting creative in how we can best support you in this transition to our school community. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com with specific questions you have regarding Kindergarten and/or SCS, and I will do my best to address them. Ms. Celmer will be in touch with all registered families before the end of May with this new video. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we transfer to a virtual orientation of our school. We're looking forward to welcoming all of you to SCS soon!