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Shelburne Community School 
Weekly Newsletter

March 2, 2020

Principal's Message

SCS Families,

We'd like to welcome all of you back from school vacation.  Whether you sought out adventure, rest, or something in between over the past nine days, we hope you found it.  The stories and excitement that our students bring with them to school is often one of the best parts of returning from break. We look forward to greeting your children this morning and welcoming them back.

As a school and school district, we understand how the last nine days have been unfortunately somewhat consumed by news and analysis about the coronavirus and its global impact.  Public health concerns of this nature can leave us feeling unsure and uneasy, especially at a time when students are transitioning back to the school community.

Yesterday, CVSD worked to take the lead on this issue by assuring that parents and staff received messaging and information that would allow us to move forward together.  It is reassuring that the schools of the Champlain Valley School District are not acting individually, but in unison, with the support and guidance of other state agencies.  The following message was shared with all families yesterday from our district's administrative team:

March 1, 2020
Dear CVSD Community:

Welcome back from what we hope was a restful and enjoyable break! Typically, Sundays before the return to school after a vacation provide mixed feelings for students, families, and educators alike; no matter how excited we may be, there is a normal level of anxiousness as we head back to work. For some, those feelings of nervousness are heightened after the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent media attention that follows.
We write to let you know that CVSD is working with the Agency of Education and Department of Health to ensure we are appropriately informed and prepared if COVID-19 cases are reported. As of February 28, there were no cases of people with COVID-19 in Vermont; in addition, as of today, there have been no cases reported in CVSD. As was shared with us in a recent letter by Secretary Dan French, it is important to note that at this point, Vermont residents are much more likely to become sick with a cold or the flu than to be exposed to COVID-19. Many of the precautions that help prevent other respiratory diseases, like colds and the flu, can also help keep an illness like COVID-19 from spreading: 

  • Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

While the above is comforting in the short term, please know that we would rather be over-prepared than under and will share the information we learn going forward. For those who would like to learn more, please see the links below:
Vermont Department of Health Resource
What you need to know-COVID-19
COVID-19 Travel Resource
Thank You,
The Champlain Valley School District Administration

Locally, at SCS, our monthly safety team meeting will take place this morning and coordination of our building-based efforts will be the focus.  This meeting will bring together school administration, facilities management, and health services.  We will discuss proactive measures we can take to better educate our students on the topic, better sanitize our facility, and support families and students with their health concerns in the face of these new challenges.

Our health office has placed some helpful general guidelines below, which you may find useful.  They answer the general questions we receive about when to keep students home when they are dealing with the usual stresses of the winter cold and flu season.

We will use both email and this forum as a place to keep families updated on our efforts. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us at the school.  We will continue to be proactive in our communication around this topic, as we move forward.

Enjoy the news items below.  We look forward to seeing folks at Town Meeting and out at the polls on Tuesday.

Have a great week!

Information about the Proposed CVSD School Budget and Capital Construction Bond

The District has added new materials to the website, including 2 new videos! We hope this helps to inform our communities and voters about the Proposed CVSD School Budget and Capital Construction Bond. You may access this by going to or straight to the Budget webpage at
News from the Health Office
As is typical for this time of year, February saw an uptick in illness at school.  We are hoping that everyone comes back from vacation rested and healthy!
When Should I Keep My Child Home?
Parents often ask us when they should keep their child home and when they should send their child to school.  In general, we encourage parents to ask themselves, "Is my child ready to be a student today?"  If their illness is preventing them from being a productive member of their class, then staying home is best.  Also, please keep in mind that a sick child can spread illness to their classmates so staying home is also important for others' health as well.
• Fever (greater than 100°) We encourage you to keep your child home until your child’s temperature is back to normal (less than 99°) for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
• Coughing (excessive) Your child’s cough should be “dry” sounding and easily controlled by a drink of water or cough drop before returning to school.
• Vomiting or Diarrhea Your child should be able to eat food and drink liquids without vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
• Excessive Nasal Drainage Please keep your child at home and check with a physician to ensure your child does not have an infection.
• Unusual Rash Please keep your child at home and check with a physician to ensure that the rash is not contagious. 
• Infection If your child has been tested or treated for any contagious infection, please ensure that he/she has been taking the prescribed medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

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.

Girls on the Run Team Needs Coaches
Girls on the Run is an afterschool spring program for girls in 3rd-5th grade that encourages girls to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Our team will explore themes like healthy relationships, positive self-talk and managing emotions through fun and interactive lessons. Physical activity is woven into each session as a way for girls to experience goal setting and achievement. The season culminates with the Girls on the Run 5k, a celebratory event that reinforces that big things are possible when you keep moving forward!  What is the volunteer commitment as a Coach?  The season is 10 weeks and kicks off mid-March. Teams meet twice weekly, after school, for 90 minutes per session. Coaches may identify as any gender and definitely do NOT have to identify as runners!  Coach teams are a combination of guardians, teachers, school staff and community volunteers.  GOTRVT provides comprehensive coach training, a curriculum that maps out each session, all team supplies and support throughout the season.  How do I learn more?  Visit for more info or to register as a Coach! Questions? Contact Jessica Green, GOTRVT’s Northern Program Coordinator, at 802-871-5664 or

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

Bolton Ski Program - Shelburne Parks and Rec
The program dates are Feb. 7, 14, 21, March 6 and 13.  (no trip during the school break).  March 30 will be a make-up date if needed.  The Premier Coach Bus arrives at the school and parks in the front of the circle for students to load at the regular bus dismissal bell.  Cancellations due to weather will be made by noon on the day of the trip.  SCS will be notified so that an announcement can be made. The Parks & Rec website will also be updated with this information.  All questions and registration should be directed to Sue or Betsey at Shelburne Parks & Rec

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.

SCS Yearbook Orders
Order forms for the 2019-2020 SCS Yearbook went home just before the Thanksgiving Break and can be submitted to your child's classroom teacher until March.  If you prefer, you are also welcome to order online.

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 2nd - SCS Musical Rehearsal – Ms. Kelsh's Music Room (3:00-5:00pm)
Mar 4th - SCS Musical Rehearsal – Ms. Kelsh's Music Room (3:00-5:00pm)
Mar 5th - SCS Musical Rehearsal – Ms. Kelsh's Music Room (3:00-5:00pm)
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 25th - Band Concert – SCS Gymnasium (7:00pm)

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