We hope this edition of our weekly newsletter finds you well rested after the long holiday weekend. The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is a special one in our nation. While the holiday itself has, what can seem like, a singular focus on the life, work, and legacy of Dr. King. It carries a meaning far beyond the historical and modern context of the civil rights movement in America. It asks us to reach far beyond the typical political, social, and racial lines in order to imagine a more just and equitable American society. This type of visioning can seem more challenging than ever, in the increasingly complex and ever-evolving social environment we live in.
As a parent and an educator, I am always looking for resources that can help me bring these challenges to light for my children and the children I work with. This website and its collection of resources come to us from Teaching Tolerance, a wonderfully age-appropriate, and free collection of materials that public schools have come to rely on for high-quality resources around issues of social justice. While each link attached to this particular Teaching Tolerance collection uses the historical frame of Dr. King's life and work, it also provides the tools to connect broader themes of racial, economic, and social inequality. Whether you are a teacher planning a lesson for your classroom this week, or a parent preparing for the inevitable questions from your curious son or daughter, this can be an amazing place to prepare and gain grounding and inspiration.
We look forward to an inspirational and fun week with your children. A week where we channel Dr. King's vision for public education (paraphrasing). A week where your children are asked to think intensively and critically, but never lose sight of the need to demonstrate character and humanity in their intellectual pursuits.
Have a great week!
SCS Theatre Arts "Rock of Ages" - Parent Meeting (Wednesday, January 22nd)
SCS is proud to once again be offering a winter/spring theatre arts experience for our 6th-8th grade students. Director Amy Riley is back to help our students create and present "Rock of Ages" (middle school edition).
The work of the Rock of Ages cast is well underway, but a meeting for parents of all active members has been set for this Wednesday. The meeting will start at 5:30 in the SCS library.
A Message from the State of Vermont: Flu Season and the Flu Vaccine
There’s Still Time to Protect the Most Vulnerable Among Us: Promote Flu Vaccines
With flu season upon us and continuing actively through May, it is important to encourage everybody to receive the flu vaccine. Schools with high rates of protection from influenza have been shown to experience financial savings for the cost of substitute teachers and personnel, and improved school and work attendance. Flu vaccinations are recommended through January and even later (CDC, Oct. 2019).
Flu vaccination is particularly important for protecting students and school employees who are at high risk due to pregnancy, certain health conditions or weakened immune systems (CDC, Aug.2019). “In fact, a 2017 study showed that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from flu.”(CDC, Oct.2019). Here’s another great resource: How To Clean and Disinfect Schools To Help Slow the Spread of Flu. And here is a resource for linking to the school website: Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine.
K-4 Semester One Progress Reports
It's that time of year where we provide our mid-year progress reports as we wrapped up our first semester on January 17th. Your children have been working very hard to show us what they know, understand, and can do at this point in the school year. We have attached an SCS K-4 Progress Report Family Guide for your convenience.
Please keep a look-out in your child's backpack on Friday, January 24th for an envelope with a hardcopy of their VCAT Report Card. This report will show you how your child is progressing academically and socially. If you have any questions about these reports please contact the classroom teacher directly. Our Essential Arts (EA) (ie Art, Music, PE) reports will be emailed to you in a PDF attachment via JumpRope on January 24th. This is a much more efficient method for sharing students' progress with you (and saves a lot of paper and toner as well)! Don't forget to check your spam folder, if you do not receive the email in your inbox. If you'd prefer to receive a hard copy of this report, please reach out to me directly and I'd be happy to print it for you. As always, I'm available to answer any questions you have to provide more clarity on our processes and practices.
Box Tops for Education - Why do my Box Tops Look Different?!?!
Every year the Box Tops program provides funds that directly support SCS's amazing Nearby Nature program-- about $1,000 worth! We really rely on these funds AND… Box Tops is changing! It's ALL going digital!
5-8 Conference Parent Survey - Closes Today
If you've wondered why your box tops look different, please watch the video below.
Please take a look at this short video to bring you up to speed:
The next deadline is March 1st, but you may SCAN your receipts after every grocery trip all year long! Thank you, again, for all you do to support our kids' love of nature and learning!
Ten days ago, a survey went out to all families with students in grades 5-8. The survey will be used to gather constructive feedback about the fall conferences, which took place on our middle-level teams from October - December of 2019. If you have not filled out this survey, please do so here. This survey closes today!
As our new 5-8 teams establish their practices around student-led parent-teacher conferences, we value the feedback that our families can provide. This survey will take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Your feedback will impact our practice and the design of conferences. We hope you will take the time to let us know about your experience.
CVSD School-Based Early Education Programs - Preschool Lottery is coming soon!
The CVSD School-based Early Education Programs are now accepting applications for a random preschool lottery drawing for the 2020-21 school year. Our part-time, partial days, preschool classrooms are 5 STARs, licensed early education programs that provide play-based, developmentally appropriate environments for all children in an inclusive setting. Our curriculum is based on the Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS) and Teaching Strategies Gold. We believe that a diverse classroom offers opportunities for adults and children to practice acceptance and compassion and also provides a broad range of learning experiences.
Our programs follow the CVSD school calendar. Students who will be age 3 or older by September 1, 2019, but not yet 5 years old, are eligible to enter the lottery for our programs.
All applications must be received by February 7, 2020, and are located on the CVSD website under Student Support Services. More information is available there also. Students will be selected via a lottery and families notified in February.
Diversity and Inclusion Parent Group - Next Meeting: January 28th
The Diversity and Inclusion Parent Group will next meet on Tuesday, January 28th from 5:00-6:30 pm in the SCS Library. The group will continue its work on supporting more diverse and modern classroom libraries. If you are passionate about this work and would like to have a positive impact on the school community by making it a more welcoming environment for all, please drop by. All are welcome!
The Curious Kitchen: Valentines Day Treasure Hunt!
Sunday February 16th, 12:30-3:00pm, at Healthy Living Market. Ages 5 & Up. Got a picky eater?!?! Join us for an afternoon of engaging children’s curiosity of food & building a foundation for healthy eating. Together we will:
- Decorate an apron to wear & bring home.
- Valentines Scavenger Hunt
- Prepare & same food
- Take-home recipes & tips for parents
Insurance accepted. Call (802) 356-1087 or email Amy to reserve your spot.
SAVE THE DATES! SCS Summer School/Extended School Year July 20th through August 7th
Registration forms for SCS Summer School/ Extended School Year will be given out by teachers during March parent-teacher conferences. If your child/children are recommended they will receive both a paper copy and an electronic form for registration. Students can ONLY attend this program if they have received a recommendation from their teacher. This year summer school will run Monday through Friday from 8am-12pm for the weeks of July 20, July 27, and Aug 3. Please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions.
Book Discussion: Raising Humans in a Digital World
What adults need to know to help kids build a healthy relationship with technology. January 22, 2020, 7:00-8:30pm Charlotte Public Library
ParentIn of Champlain Valley School District and the Charlotte Library are hosting a book discussion featuring digital literacy educator and advocate Diana Graber’s latest book, Raising Humans in a Digital World. Pick up the book at the Charlotte Library or consider purchasing your own copy. You'll likely be glad you did!
"Play Your Way Home"
Are you the parent of a child or youth with disabilities or special health needs? Sara Forward and Tracey Girdich will facilitate a FREE 3-part Parenting Series called "Play Your Way Home." Come and start your day at Vermont Family Network in Williston and leave a little lighter with a few new tricks for parenting. We will explore games and stories from multiple cultures. You will be invited to learn what kind of “player” you are and what that means for who you are as a parent. You will reflect with others about places in your parenting journey where you might have room to let play in and create more space for humor and creativity to create stronger bonds within your family. Parents are asked to attend all 3 sessions from 8:30 am – 10 am on January 23, February 11, and March 10, 2020. Check out the details and register today. Space is limited. Please contact Janice.Sabett@vtfn.org or (802) 876-5315 x218 if you have any questions, need help registering, or would like to request a reasonable accommodation. (Vermont Family Network.)
Stern Center offers Workshops for Parents and Teachers
Come and PLAY! Use play to teach social skills & language. Click here for complete details.
Kindergarten Registration is Open
Calling all 5-year-olds from Shelburne! Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is open. Champlain Valley School District (CVSD) is asking families to register their Kindergartners early again this year, in an effort to get more accurate enrollment numbers for our schools. These enrollment numbers help us to plan our staffing needs for the upcoming school year and help us to coordinate our site visits for placement in the spring. In November, Kindergarten registration packets were sent electronically via ‘Informed K-12’ to incoming Kindergarten students. If you did not receive a registration packet electronically please contact Patty Spagnolo at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 383-1119.
CVSD Budget Board Meetings
Champlain Valley School District budget meetings are being held through January. Members of the CVSD communities are welcome to attend any and all meetings. Click here for dates and topics.
Class of 2024 - Save The Dates! (8th Grade Families)
CVU Parent Night
8th Grade Student & Parent Night at Champlain Valley Union High School, Thursday, January 30, 6:30-8:00pm. This evening will provide you and your student(s) an introduction to the academic and elective programs they will experience in the 9th grade. CVSD 8th Grade Families will receive this invitation via Blackboard Connect.
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.