February 26, 2021
Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,
I hope you have all been having a relaxing break. The weather has given us a much needed stretch of sunny and springlike days; a hopeful sign of good things to come. I wanted to provide you with a few quick reminders and updates as we return to school next week. There will be no remote Wednesday March 3 at the elementary grades. Therefore, students will be in school Wednesday-Friday. Please see correspondence from the middle and high school for adjustments to blue and gray pack schedules.
Good news on vaccines! Vermont’s allocation continues to increase and another age band will be opened March 1! Beginning at 8:15 am Monday, Vermonters age 65 and over will be able to make an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine by visiting the Vermont Department of Health website. If someone you know in this age group does not have access to online registration, they can make an appointment by calling 855-722-7878. In addition, the Vermont Multilingual Coronavirus Task Force has posted new videos regarding how to register for the vaccine.
Remember to Vote March 2nd or Before!
The timing for mailing one’s ballot back to City Hall has passed as it would not have sufficient time to arrive prior to election day, but you have several voting options. Ballots can be left in the City Hall night drop box before noon March 1 or you can bring your ballot to the polls in person Tuesday, March 2 from 7:00 am-7:00 pm. All regular polling locations will be open.
Have questions about the budget? Check out our video series, the budget section of our District website, and please join us for the tradition of pre-town meeting (virtually!) Monday night, March 1 at 7:00 pm. You can watch the pre-town meeting via Zoom or you can stream it live via Channel 17's YouTube channel. A city council and school board candidate forum will follow the budget presentations, but if you want to learn more about the candidates over the weekend, check out these fantastic forums directed by SBHS students!
Elsa Nygaard-Ostby covered the technical aspects of the recording, while Hanna Holm and Matt Vigneau interviewed the candidates. Retired St. Michael’s College professor Vince Bolduc moderated the forums. Watch the 2 year term candidates here and the 3 year term candidates here. A forum with the candidates for city council was recorded as well with interviews conducted by SBHS students Brooks Balkan and Jared Williams.
Black Lives Matter Flag Raising at the Elementary Schools
Before the break, Rick Marcotte Central School held a successful and inspiring raising of the Black Lives Matter Flag. The event was live streamed into classrooms with 5th graders participating outside. Principal Kathleen Kilbourne offered a recap of the event and shared photos in her weekly family focus newsletter. Next up will be Gertrude Chamberlin School which will hold their flag raising event March 5. Orchard School will follow March 12. Look to your principals’ newsletters for further details as the dates approach.
Thanks for all you are doing to help keep our community and schools safe and open. We can’t wait to see you next week!