I'd like to use this weekly space to share some exciting news about a new partnership with the Shelburne Police, which just recently got underway.
The Shelburne Police have created a new role (for the remainder of this school year) within their daytime shift, which will positively impact SCS. They have assigned Officer Kyle Brooks as a liaison to Shelburne Community School. Kyle will have a fluid schedule that will often see him at SCS for both arrival and dismissal. He will also be able to support our buses with the safety issues they face on the roads. Officer Brooks will also join our school safety team for our monthly meetings and be more visible around the building (when his schedule permits). We envision Officer Brooks spending some time in lunches and recesses getting to know our students and building relationships with them through conversation and play. While Officer Brooks will not have the same schedule each and every day, you should notice an increased presence in the school and the opportunity for students to build stronger relationships with our local police.
This new opportunity should not be confused with the creation of a School Resource Officer position. This is not a permanent position co-funded by the schools and the police, but instead a short-term commitment by the police department. No matter the structure, we are excited about the possibilities associated with this new partnership, as it could help improve student safety, especially around the often hectic periods of travel and transition at the start and end of each school day. If you get a chance to see Officer Brooks on campus, please take the opportunity to introduce yourself and welcome him to SCS. We thank the Shelburne Police for their active partnership with the school and their willing engagement on all issues of student safety and planning.
Have a great week!
The Winter Edition of the SCS Band Newsletter is now available. Please click here to see it.
A Few 5-8 Dance Announcements
The 5-6 Student Leadership will be hosting a dance and activity night for all students in grades 5 and 6 this Friday from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.
Our 7-8 teams are working together to plan a dance for all 7th and 8th-grade students on Friday, February 14th. The details of this event are not completely nailed down, but we hope to have more information in the next week.
SCS Theatre Arts "Rock of Ages" - Parent Info
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, and a meeting for parents of all active members was held on Wednesday, January 22nd. If you were unable to attend this meeting, please contact Amy directly.
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.
Teachers sent home, in your child's backpack on Friday, January 24th, an envelope with a hardcopy of their VCAT Report Card. This report shows 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 were 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 did not receive the email in your inbox. If you'd prefer to receive a hard copy of this report, please reach out to Alison Celmer directly. As always, Alison is 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!
CVSD School-Based Early Education Programs - Preschool Lottery is coming soon!
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!
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, 12:30-3:00 pm, 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.
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.
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.