Welcome back to our fourth week of remote learning at SCS. In about an hour, assignments and work menus will drop on the SCS Remote Learning Site, class meetings will commence, outreach efforts of all manner will begin to take place, and food service will begin the pick-up and deliveries of student meals. When I think of the sheer number of parents, caregivers, students, and SCS staff it takes to make this giant effort come together each week, I am simply blown away. The agility and resolve shown by our entire community, in the face of this crisis is something that will never be forgotten. It speaks to our collective power to support our children and their needs in the face of any challenge. It has taken a village to get this job done. I am certainly proud to live and work in this particular village.
While a smaller effort in comparison, we want to also thank all of you who took the time to fill out the recent CVSD survey. We got an extremely healthy level of response, which makes the data on remote learning at SCS all the more relevant and useful. The school-wide data has already been shared with the faculty and staff. As this week moves forward, we will dig deeper into your comments and direct feedback. As I said last week, this feedback will be instrumental in making small but meaningful adjustments to our practice over the final 5 weeks of the school year.
The Vermont K-12 system received a mixed bag of news on Friday morning as Governor Scott provided some new guidance to school leaders. The major disappointment (while somewhat expected) was the confirmation that all graduations and end of year events would need to be dramatically modified, as no gatherings of over 10 people will be allowed. Almost immediately after the announcement, I emailed all 8th-grade families to assure them that we would uphold our current graduation date (Thursday, June 11th). I will be working with other school leaders across CVSD this week to begin to imagine what graduation and awards could and should look like for our students. We will do everything we can to meet student expectations for these traditions and rites of passage. We'll make sure to create a tribute befitting these students and their accomplishments.
The brighter side of Friday's messaging came when summer and fall planning were discussed. The planned opening of both daycares and summer camps seems to hint at an opportunity for us to have some programming available at SCS this summer. While it will take a district-wide effort to re-imagine what summer programming looks like in this crisis, we look forward to the opportunity. While far from a promise, the Secretary of Education discussed the hope for an in-person start to the 2020-2021 school year in the fall. It was exciting to hear that in-person instruction was not only a hope, but an active target for the AOE. The Secretary also referenced the need for schools to build the capacity to move in and out of remote learning, in case changing public health needs necessitate intermittent closures during the year.
While none of us will ever be fully comfortable with the need to constantly adjust to new guidance. It does seem to be part of the current reality. We will stay as informed as we can be to the upcoming challenges and do our best to adjust and communicate in real-time. We appreciate your patience and support.
On a final note of fun and celebration...if you are looking for a good laugh this morning and want to better understand the creativity of our CVSD art teachers, please check this out. qARTintine is such a cute and creative message to our students. If you have not seen it yet on social media, please check it out.
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
PreK-8 Vacation Week Enrichment
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
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
We realize that parents and caregivers are all working hard to support students with remote learning. With more time online, additional challenges arise around behavior and etiquette in an online environment. Classroom teachers are setting expectations, especially for class meetings. Parents and caregivers are also doing a lot! The district and school truly appreciate your involvement as well. Here are a few resources for families that we've compiled that you may find helpful.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
The Vermont Department of Mental Health, in collaboration with the Center for Health and Learning and the VT Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, will be releasing newsletters on various mental health topics each week throughout May. The Week 1 newsletter (pdf) focuses on the general topic of mental health with an additional focus on how families can model and support emotional expression. There are links to activities, worksheets and videos for children and youth. Please share with families in your districts as feasible.
Contact: Laurel Omland at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vermont Young Playwrights Virtual Festival
Please tune in today, Monday, May 11th from 2 pm - 3 pm to watch the live-streamed, staged readings of Mira Novak and Charlotte Tyler's one-act plays performed during the virtual Vermont Playwrights Festival. Following each play, the playwright will come "on stage" for a question-and-answer session. You'll find the live stream on this webpage: https://www.vermontstage.org/education.html
Congratulations, Mira and Charlotte!
CVSD School Choice Information
Because of the COVID19 situation, we have adjusted the timeline for CVSD School Choice Applications for this year. Applications are due by May 15, 2020. Applications will be stamped with their received by date and will be reviewed by the Superintendent. Determinations will be made by May 20, 2020 after discussions between Superintendent and Building Administrators. Parents will be notified of approvals/denials via email. For questions, please contact Sandy Raymond, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
SCS Staff Shout Out
Our professional community used to use this form internally to celebrate one another's successes and strengths and show appreciation for one another.
Since we are now all working remotely, we've created a digital version and we're opening this up for students and families to share their appreciation for the hard-working teachers and school community members as well.
Thank you so much for taking the time to spread positivity!