• Interim Superintendent's Updates


    September 22, 2022

    Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

    I can now officially welcome our school community to fall, well, tomorrow that is! This week I have had the opportunity to connect with students, staff, and community organizations. I enjoyed meeting with the South Burlington Business Association (SBBA) on Monday, participated in a Board meeting on Wednesday, and connected with Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA) colleagues today. Tomorrow I look forward to supporting our professional learning groups in all five of our schools. I value the opportunity to connect and collaborate with our students, staff, and community partners. 

    As always, there is a lot happening District wide. Of note, our elementary schools will have an early release day tomorrow, September 23 at 12:30 for staff professional development while the high school and middle school will have a late start at 10:35. Tonight is the SBHS Open House and this weekend, the 28th annual Ski and Board Swap will take place September 24 from 9 am-3 pm. I hope you have a chance to enjoy some of the opportunities below.

    Dates of Note:

    September 22, SBHS Open House, 7-9 pm

    September 23, Early Release ES, Late Start SBHS/FHTMS

    September 24, 10 am-2 pm, Beta Technologies event for female/female identifying/non-binary student with an interest in cutting edge aviation.The event is open to students and their families.

    September 24, 9 am-3 pm, SBHS Annual Ski and Board Swap, in the SBHS gymnasium, Interested in volunteering? You can sign up via SignUp Genius here.

    September 27, 5:30-6:45 pm, Reading Night for RMCS EL families at the SB Public Library

    September 30, Orchard School picture day

    September 30, 3:30-5:30 pm FHTMS 6th grade social

    ZEMS Update

    As planning continues to bring eight Zero Energy Modulars (ZEMs) to Orchard and Rick Marcotte Elementary Schools, Architects Dore and Whittier are working on updating concept layouts for KBS Homes (ZEMs manufacturer) to generate their drawings and determining permitting needs in collaboration with the City. DEW Construction and KBS Homes are working on the scope of work details, compiling information on foundation systems, the roof, site, finishes, and developing a schedule for delivery and installation. This is still anticipated to take place toward the end of January. 

    I am excited that these ZEMs, while providing a short-term solution to our enrollment pressures at two of our elementary schools, also align with our District-wide goals around energy and cost efficiencies. These ZEMs will provide state-of-the-art spaces with top line air filtration and heating/cooling systems for our students. Both the ZEMs and the rollout of our electric buses speak to our District’s leadership in taking action toward climate change mitigation.

    Health Reminders: Cold and Flu Season is Here

    Fall is here and that means cold and flu season is upon us. Our District nurses have let us know they are seeing an uptick in respiratory illness and would like to remind students and staff to please stay home when sick. More information about when and how to get the flu vaccines can be found on the Vermont Department of Health website. 

    Family Reading Night at the SB Public Library September 27On the evening of Tuesday September 27 from 5:30-6:45 pm, the Rick Marcotte Central School English Language program, in collaboration with the South Burlington Public Library will be welcoming multilingual families to the library for a family reading night. This is a partnership between the three elementary schools and the SB public library. There will be two more events this fall for Orchard and Gertrude Chamberlin families and there will be interpreters on site. Come enjoy book distribution as well as the opportunity to receive library cards for families new to the library. Dinner from Bove's will be provided for all.

    New to The District Website: Equity Page

    The District website now has an Equity page. Our Executive Director of Equity, De-Dee Loftin-Davis, will be updating this page regularly, so please feel free to check back frequently to find updates and resources.

    Next School Board Meeting October 12

    I invite you to connect with our school board. If you missed last night’s school board meeting, you can watch the recording on the Media Factory Website. As we move into the FY24 budget development season, we encourage community members to join us at regular and special meetings. Information regarding how to engage in community budget forums will be forthcoming. The next regular school board meeting will take place October 12 at 7:00 pm in person at 577 Dorset Street in the first floor conference room, via Zoom, or by livestream thanks to The Media Factory on their website and Facebook page.

    We are Hiring!

    South Burlington is hiring for a number of open positions including Director of Finance and Operations, bus drivers, School’s Out staff, and nutrition services. You can see these and many more exciting career opportunities within the SBSD on SchoolSpring.  If you have questions, please contact Elissa Galvez, Employment Specialist, egalvez@sbschools.net (802) 652-7247. 

    School Happenings

    SBHS: The International Experience (TIE) Students Visit the Clay Studio

    Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Area Supervisor and Visual Art Teacher Kim Kimball let me know that visiting TIE students from Salamanca, Spain worked in the clay studio at the High School to make maple leaf shaped dishes this week. The workshop began with a historical overview of the maple sugaring process and fun facts about tapping trees and boiling sap. Students enjoyed maple candies and listened to the Abenaki Legend about maple syrup. Then they continued their lesson by rolling out slabs of clay and pressing in leaves to reveal the points and veins of Vermont’s most popular leaf. Each student cut out the shapes, smoothed the edges and draped them over curved forms to create the recess of a bowl. Finally, students applied autumn-colored glazes to their bisque-fired pieces. The results were beautiful! They appreciated the opportunity to create their own fabulous souvenirs. This was an engaging learning experience relating to clay arts and Vermont culture that was enjoyed by all.

    FHTMS Lego Robotics Team is Back

    The LEGO Robotics team is back for another year at FHTMS. The "Order of the Brick" is coached by teachers Scott Carlson and Chris Johnstone. An important tenet of the FIRST LEGO League Core Values is Inclusion. In addition to learning about robotics, the team spends time learning to respect and embrace each other's differences. The team will showcase their transferable skills of problem solving, clear and effective communication, responsible and involved citizenship, and, of course, their robot at this year's Vermont FIRST LEGO League Competition which will be held this winter at Norwich University. Due to FIRST LEGO League regulations, the team recruits a finite number of new members each year and applications for this year have now closed.

    Gertrude Chamberlin School Students Fill their Hive!

    That was fast! Gertrude Chamberlin students have been doing such a fantastic job of following schoolwide expectations that they already filled their hive with honey cells this year. Their wonderful bee bucks for being safe, responsible and kind turned into honey cells that filled the hive in the lobby. Students submitted many great suggestions for their all school celebration, but Stuffy Day won and was celebrated last Friday. Students enjoyed having their stuffed friends come to school to help celebrate a kind, responsible and safe start to the school year. 

    In other exciting news, Gertrude Chamberlin Principal and 2022 NAESP National Distinguished Principal for Vermont Holly Rouelle will be giving the keynote address at this year’s VT PBiS Annual Meeting October 3 at Killington Grand Resort. The title of her presentation is Connections, Care, and Commitment – A PBIS Team Approach to Student and Staff Success. Her keynote will highlight the ways in which consistent leadership, vision, data-based decision making, and teamwork promote a positive school community that embraces PBIS, explicit teaching of social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and restorative practices as integral parts of both the daily curriculum and layered supports for students and staff. 

    Rick Marcotte Central 5th Graders have PBiS Celebration

    Great job to Lizzy Appleby’s fifth graders who recently earned a PBiS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) celebration. The students chose 80s day to kick off the fun. Neon clothing, fanny packs, wigs, and crimped hair were abundant. It’s only the third week of school, so there are sure to be many more celebrations to come.

    Orchard School Launches Seed Time

    On Friday, Orchard School students participated in the school’s first Seed Time. The concept of Seed Time originally started based on Gertrude Chamberlin's Wolf Pack Time.Over the summer, Orchard SEL (Social Emotional Learning) coach Abby Hill-Armell and a group of teachers from Orchard attended the BEST Conference in Killington where they took part in learning sessions around SEL in the morning and worked as a team planning the concept of Seed Time in the afternoon. 

    During Orchard School’s first Seed Time, students joined their multi-age group in different spaces around the building to work collaboratively on a model magic and toothpick building challenge. Each group worked to complete one building or tower together. Students enjoyed getting to explore materials, share ideas, and collaborate. The goal is for Seed Time to be a fun community building experience where students and adults can play together and build connections. Big thanks to Abby, Aili Beeli (Orchard’s K-2 Guidance Counselor) and Principal Mark Trifilio for getting this off the ground.

    Thanks for reading and enjoy this first official weekend of fall,

    Violet


    September 15, 2022

    Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

    Fall has arrived, and it has allowed for our students to engage in outdoor recess and numerous learning adventures, such as a sailing trip on Lake Champlain that Gertrude Chamberlin 4th graders experienced earlier this week as part of their science curriculum. In addition to all of the exciting school year kickoff events taking place District wide, it is also Pride Week as well as National Hispanic Heritage Month. I am proud that in the South Burlington School District we celebrate and honor all identities and foster a culture of care, belonging, and support in alignment with our District ENDs Policy 1.4: Citizenship.

    Date of Note:

    September 15, 6:30-7:30pm Senior College Application Information Session via Zoom hosted by the SBHS School Counseling Department (Link in email sent to seniors/families)

    September 16, 7:45-9 pm community stargazing event at Thomas Hubbard Recreation and Natural Area

    September 18, 12:30 pm VT Pride Parade 

    September 19 and 20, RMCS School Picture Days 

    September 20, 6-8 pm, FHTMS Open House

    September 20, 5 pm, Dedication of the Market St. Gooses, plus ice cream

    September 21, GCS School Picture Day

    September 21, 7 pm, Regular School Board Meeting

    September 22, 7-9 pm SBHS Open House

    September 23, late start FHTMS/SBHS and early release ES

    September 24, 9 am-3 pm, SBHS Annual Ski and Board Swap, in the SBHS gymnasium, Interested in volunteering? You can sign up via SignUp Genius here.

    Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept 15-Oct 15 

    It is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Our District joins many across Vermont and throughout the country in honoring the contributions of generations of Hispanic Americans who have and continue to enrich our country and communities. National Hispanic Heritage month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities. The month, which spans from September 15 to October 15, commemorates how those communities have influenced and contributed to American society at large. The term Hispanic or Latino (or the more recent term Latinx) refers to a person’s culture or origin. September 15 marks the anniversaries of national independence for many Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. You can learn more at the link above.

    Next School Board Meeting September 21

    Want to connect with the school board? Join us for the next regular school board meeting September 21 at 7:00 pm in person at 577 Dorset Street in the first floor conference room, via Zoom, or by livestream thanks to the Media Factory on their website or Facebook page. Upcoming items include an update on the Superintendent search process and FY24 budget planning. The agenda will be posted on the District website under announcements Friday afternoon. 

    We are Hiring!

    South Burlington is hiring for a number of open positions including Director of Finance and Operations, bus drivers, School’s Out staff, and nutrition services. You can see them all on SchoolSpring, but we are in particular need of those noted above as well as instructional support. If you have questions, please contact Elissa Galvez, Employment Specialist, egalvez@sbschools.net (802) 652-7247. 

    School Happenings

    SBHS Welcomes Spaniards as Part of the TIE (The International Experience) Program

    World Language Curriculum Area Supervisor and TIE Coordinator Theresa Mazza reported that SBHS has welcomed 26 Spanish students to South Burlington via the TIE Program. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, this is the first exchange that has taken place in 3 years! The International Experience offers South Burlington High School students the opportunity to visit Spain, Germany, France or Japan for several weeks and in turn, to host students from these countries as they visit the United States. Each exchange is offered every other year (two each year). 

    Visiting students stay with families in South Burlington and follow a curated itinerary that includes visits to all of the District’s schools where students give presentations to language classes and discuss life in Spain. Students will also be traveling to local hiking spots, farmers markets, Lake Placid, and of course, having lunch at Al’s French Fries. The students will be in South Burlington until the 27th then in February South Burlington Spanish and German students will travel abroad. In October, 13 Germans will be coming to SB. This program has been a wonderful experience for students since its inception in SB 40 years ago. The program began with Germany and France while Japan and Spain have been added to the exchange over the last 15 years. We are excited that this program has been able to return!

    FHTMS Create-A-Skate is Back for its 8th Year!

    Create-A-Skate is back at Tuttle for its 8th year and although this popular program has yet to begin meeting, it is already full! Another session will open in the spring. Led by art teacher Alison Treston, students look to  artists who design and illustrate skateboards as a profession then have the opportunity to create designs on their very own skateboard. They also discuss the science that goes behind geographical location and harvesting the right type of wood to make a quality board. Students use a variety of art supplies to decorate and illustrate their boards including spray paint, paint pens, acrylic paint, wood stain, and marker.They add the trucks, wheels, and grip tape themselves. Some students even use the boards when they are finished! For more information, you can check out Create-A-Skate's website as well as @fhtmsart  for the latest! 

    Do you have any spare art supplies you would like to donate to this endeavor? Think: acrylic paints, spray paint, wood stain, sandpaper, and general art supplies? They are always welcome and you can drop them off at the FHTMS vestibule.

    Gertrude Chamberlin Students Engage in Engineering Design Process

    Fifth grade students have been learning about the engineering design process as part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Last week, students worked in teams to create a zipline using a variety of materials: cardboard, straws, ping pong balls, washers, and string. Specific criteria had to be met for their zipline, such as having it move down the string in under 4 seconds. Impressive!

    Rick Marcotte Central School Celebrates Dot Day 

    Like Gertrude Chamberlin and Orchard Schools, students and staff at Rick Marcotte also had the opportunity to celebrate International Dot Day in the library this week! This celebration stems from Peter H. Reynold's beautiful book The Dot and is meant to encourage readers to take risks with creativity. New RMCS librarian Annie Allardice reported that students read the book, explored the map of all of the countries celebrating around the world, and then created dot art that will be used for a school-wide mural in the library. “Dot” paper was left in the main office for staff to create their own as well. I’m looking forward to seeing this beautiful compilation.

    Orchard School’s Beginning with Books Program

    At last week’s Curriculum Night, Orchard parents/guardians received a tri-fold brochure about a school wide program called "Beginning with Books: Affirming Identities and Raising Voices." Previously known as “Reading to Raise Anti-Racists," the program (which is now in its third year) uses picture books as the starting point for meaningful, often transformative conversations. September’s book is titled Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown. It is written in both English and Spanish and is currently being read in all classrooms.

    Thanks for reading and enjoy your Friday and weekend,

    Violet


    September 8, 2022

    Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

    This second week of school was short, but packed with activity. It is exciting to see our students, staff, families, and community enjoying time in and around our schools again from sporting events to play practices. I know that this is a busy time for us all as we transition from summer into back-to-school routines, but I am heartened to hear many reports from students and staff that anxiety in our school community is significantly reduced and that the start of school has felt great! And what signifies back to school more than school picture days! School picture days took place at FHTMS and SBHS this week, with elementary school picture days to follow. This is yet another great way for our families to connect.

    Speaking of partnerships, I wanted to take a moment to thank the South Burlington Rotary for hosting me as their featured speaker this morning. I truly appreciate opportunities to build these connections. In my comments, I touched upon District updates regarding staffing and recovery, impact fees, and facilities stewardship. Thanks again!

    Dates of Note:

    September 7-9, FHTMS Spirit Week

    September 8, Orchard School Curriculum Night 6-7:30 pm

    September 9, Rick Marcotte Central School all school assembly

    September 11, SBFD Annual 9/11 ceremony  at Overlook Park, 6:30 pm

    September 13, Gertrude Chamberlin PTO, 6-7:30

    September 15, International Dot Day! Students at our Elementary Schools will celebrate in a variety of ways including wearing clothing with dots! See what Orchard has planned below

    My Interim Superintendent Updates have Moved

    Looking for my Thursday newsletters? Maybe you missed one or want to refer back to a prior issue? They have moved to the Superintendent's page on the District website. As we transition to the endemic phase of the pandemic, I thought this would be a more fitting place for them than on our COVID19/Recovery page. As always, the most recent update is posted Thursday evenings on our District website under announcements. 

    Update on ZEMS (Zero Energy Modulars) 

    In order to address the enrollment pressures being faced by two of our elementary schools, Rick Marcotte Central and Orchard School, we have been working on solidifying concepts for our ZEMs (Zero Energy Modulars). There will be four of these positioned at each school hopefully this winter. Funding for these is being sourced by repurposing of bond funds that was approved by the school board. The cost of the project is undetermined as we are still in the planning phase. DEW Construction will be managing the construction of the project. This is a short term solution, but one which will allow us to provide an equitable education to all students in comfortable and energy efficient spaces that connect directly to their main school buildings. More updates to follow.

    SB Boosters Ski and Board Swap is on and Needs Volunteers

    The South Burlington Ski and Board Sale will take place Saturday, September 24 from 9am-3pm in the SBHS gymnasium. There will be new and gently used equipment for the whole family, expert to beginner! Skis, boots, poles (alpine,nordic and backcountry), snowboards, gloves, apparel and more.The sale is a fundraiser for the Snowboard, Alpine Ski, and Nordic Ski teams, along with the general SBHS Boosters fund. Stop by and find what you might need for the coming winter season and support our athletes!Interested in volunteering? You can sign up via SignUp Genius here.

    SBFD September 11 Memorial Observance at Overlook Park

    The 21st Anniversary of the September 11 attacks is this Sunday. The South Burlington Fire Department will be conducting an hour-long Sunset Memorial Event at Overlook Park, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. They will be retiring the 9-11 Freedom Flag from the park flagpole just before Sunset (7:11 PM) and conclude with Taps. All are welcome. 

    There is limited parking in Overlook Park proper, with many spaces being reserved for several emergency vehicles, and those with a handicapped parking placard. Street parking is available along Nowland Farm and Deerfield Rds. with excellent sidewalk access to the park.

    We’re Hiring! Come join our Team!

    South Burlington is hiring for a number of open positions including Director of Finance and Operations, bus drivers, School’s Out staff, and nutrition services. You can see them all on SchoolSpring, but we are in particular need of those noted above as well as instructional support. If you have questions, please contact Elissa Galvez, Employment Specialist, egalvez@sbschools.net (802) 652-7247. 

    School Happenings

    Big Picture Student Receives Harbor Freight Fellow Nomination

    SB Big Picture Program sophomore, Miranda Gallagher, will be starting an internship at Beta Technologies soon and has been nominated to be a Harbor Freight Fellow! Miranda already has a wealth of aviation experience through the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, is working on earning a pilot's license, and from interning with an aviation mechanic at the Franklin County Airport. Way to go!

    SBHS Esports Returns this Year

    Principal Patrick Burke, who initiated the school's first-ever Esports team at the high school last year reported that the activity has made a return for year two! Esports, or online competitive video gaming, is not a new concept. According to the High School Esports League, online video game competitions offer students opportunities to encourage teamwork and communication between student athletes.  

    At SBHS, students practice together, remotely or in person at school, and strategize before tournaments, similar to traditional athletes. Last year the "eWolves" competed against teams from across the country as part of a national HS Esports league. This year the Vermont Principals' Association is supporting a Vermont HS Esports league, therefore, the Wolves expect to be competing against traditional athletic rivals like Essex, CVU, and Burlington. Now that the program is off the ground the school is looking for a coach with Esports experience as Principal Burke acknowledges his gaming skills are novice level at best. Esports has even caught the attention of the local news! Jack Main (SB grad) dropped by to do a story on Esports earlier this week. Look for it to air next week on MyNBC5!

    FHTMS Fall Play is On! 

    Get ready, FHTMS Drama is back with a new production Directed by David Bailey, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten. All Tuttle students are encouraged to get involved. There will be an informational meeting next week and auditions the week afterward. Kindergarten” is a funny and whimsical play that takes a look at what is profound in everyday life. It is based around 20 short scenes that are performed by an ensemble cast of 15 -20. The play is currently set to take the stage at SBHS in January. More to come!

    Gertrude Chamberlin School: Music Programming Returns this Year

    Chamberlin School Music teacher Elizabeth Post reported that Chamberlin’s fifth grade chorus began practicing again this week! Elizabeth shared that, “The students were excited to sing together in this unique setting. Their joy for music was heartwarming after years of not being able to offer this outlet to our students. This group is an excellent example of why Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and music are so intertwined. I look forward to seeing the students’ love of music being the cornerstone of this group.” In addition to chorus, the GCS fourth grade Ukulele Club is getting up and running again this year thanks to teacher Kathy Murphy. I can’t wait to check these out!

    Rick Marcotte Central Welcoming Ceremony Taking place Tomorrow

    In September, each 5th grader welcomes a new Kindergarten student by giving them a carnation and wishing them a great school year! This touching event will take place tomorrow and families are welcome to attend. In June, each Kindergarten student will give each 5th grader a carnation to wish them well at the middle school. What a great tradition!

    Orchard School Students to Celebrate Dot Day!

    Next week, Orchard School students will be participating in the global celebration of  International Dot Day, which is based on a book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The story reminds students to take risks and try new things as they begin this new school year. All 400+ students have heard the tale and, by Friday, will have designed their own dots that will adorn the hall outside of the library. Many classes will also participate in dot activities from BreakoutEdu, StickTogether and QuiverVision. Classes will also connect with other students virtually around the world to share stories and projects. Please follow @OrchardVT on Twitter or @OrchardSchoolVT on Instagram to see images from this fun event.

    Thanks for reading and have a great Friday and Weekend!

    Violet


    September 1, 2022

    Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

    Welcome back (officially)! I hope you have been enjoying a great, albeit short, first week so far. Our 6th, 9th, and new high school students returned on August 29 and classes resumed for all students on August 30. As a third generation educator, this time of year always excites me and fills me with hope for what is to come in the months ahead. This week brought open houses at our elementary schools, a red carpet rollout for staff (read more on that below), and gatherings such as staff lunches and potlucks to foster connections, both old and new. Students are back, staff have returned, and the energy in our schools and on our fields is contagious. Read more about what has been taking place as well as items to look forward to below!

    Dates of Note:

    September 5, Labor Day no school

    September 6 and 7, Auditions for SBHS Drama's production of Once Upon A Mattress

    September 6 and 7, SBHS Student Picture and ID Days

    September 7, Regular School Board Meeting, 7 pm, Agenda posted on the District website Friday

    September 7-9, FHTMS Spirit Week

    My Interim Superintendent Updates have Moved! 

    Looking for my Thursday newsletters? Maybe you missed one or want to refer back to a prior issue? They have moved to the Superintendent's page on the District website. As we transition to the endemic phase of the pandemic, I thought this would be a more fitting place for them than on our COVID19/Recovery page. I will be sure to send another reminder next week and as always, the most recent update is posted Thursday evenings on our District website under announcements. 

    Electric Buses in the News!

    I hope some of you were able to catch a glimpse and tour around and inside one of our new electric buses at last week’s SoBu Nite Out. Now that school has begun, two of those blue bumpered electric buses are officially on the road transporting students and we couldn’t be more excited. With two additional buses arriving later this year, even more of our students will have an opportunity to ride to school on emissions free transportation. Local media outlets have taken notice as well! Check out this great story from MyNbc5!

    Transportation Reminders: Check for Route Adjustments

    At the beginning of the school year bus route adjustments often occur. Please continue to check your student(s) bus route for changes regularly as we settle into the rhythm of a new school year. We are short drivers (see below on how to apply if interested in joining us!), therefore we appreciate your patience and understanding of any delays.  

    Traffic Alert: Paving Beginning September 6 on Dorset Street

    Work to repave Dorset Street from Garden Street to Aspen Drive in South Burlington will begin on Tuesday, September 6 at 7:30 AM. Traffic patterns will be impacted, and lane closures will be in place while milling occurs on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Please give yourself extra time to get to school and work or seek an alternate route. Our Transportation team has been notified as well. You can see a map of the areas affected on the City website.

    Our Mentoring Program Is Returning

    Our Executive Director of Equity, De-Dee Loftin Davis, is spearheading the return of our in-person mentoring program. It was re-imagined during the pandemic with virtual connections, but we are thrilled to be able to bring this program back in its in-person format this year. De-Dee said, “We are very excited about restarting our SB School-based Mentoring program this year! Currently, we are conducting interviews for our Assistant Coordinator School-Based Mentor Position. We hope to finalize this position by mid September and officially begin our Mentoring program by the first week of October.” Stay tuned for further updates and how you can get involved!

    We’re Hiring! Come join our Team!

    South Burlington is hiring for a number of open positions. You can see them all on SchoolSpring, but we are in particular need of those noted below as well as instructional support. For inquiries regarding positions not listed in this newsletter, contact Elissa Galvez, Employment Specialist, egalvez@sbschools.net (802) 652-7247 

    Bus Drivers

    We need you to help safely transport our amazing students to and from school! We have full-time, benefits eligible positions available with flexible hours and part-time positions with as few as 12 hours per week. We will provide paid CDL training for both full and part-time employees. This is a good opportunity for parents with school-age children to work some mid-day shifts. If you are interested, contact Kathy LaRock at klarock@sbschools.net or (802) 652-7479.

    School’s Out

    Do you enjoy working with children? Are you motivated, energetic and creative? Are you looking for a job that is FUN? School’s Out is currently seeking qualified individuals to work with children in one of our after-school programs for this school year. School’s Out programs operate out of public schools in South Burlington and serve children between the ages of 5 and 13. The hours of operation are 2:00 - 5:45 pm Monday through Friday. Job duties include planning of daily activities, participation in activities and assisting with supervision of children.

    Only available a few days a week? Not a problem. Interested candidates, please forward a copy of your resume, contact information, and days you are available to ipero@sbschools.net.  Pay: 16-17 years of age $12.55-$14.50/hr, 18 years and older $14.50-$16/hr.

    Nutrition Services

    Would you like to work the same schedule as your children while receiving full benefits and a generous starting wage ($17.85-23.10 per hour)?  Nutritional services has several open positions, either full time, 7 hours a day or part time, 4.5 hours per day.  No experience necessary. For more information or to apply, please contact Rhonda Ketner, Director, Nutritional Services, rketner@sbschools.net

    School Happenings

    SBHS A-Block is Back!

    Tomorrow, September 2, will be the first Activity Block (A-Block) of the year at SBHS! This will be an open-house style kick off where students can explore 2-3 workshops. There are numerous  activities being offered during this block of time this year which is built right into the school day. Activity blocks will take place every Friday except late start days. This concept was launched last year as a way to increase access for all students to activities regardless of whether they had after-school conflicts such as extracurriculars, jobs, or caring for siblings. This structure also removes the obstacle of determining transportation. SBHS Student Engagement Coordinator Stephanie Hyatt said, “The activities are enriching and, more importantly, the relationships which develop between club members and club members and staff are invaluable.”   

    FHTMS Introduces the World Language Wolfpack!

    This year, Tuttle Middle School French Teacher Fiona Connors is launching the World Language Wolfpack! Their first meeting will be next week, Wednesday, September 7, in her classroom. The World Language Wolfpack will meet bi-monthly to celebrate multiculturalism, multilingualism and multiliteracy. Students will work on a portfolio project in the target language (including World languages, Indigenous languages, and American Sign language) or take a proficiency exam to earn their "Pathway to the Seal of Biliteracy” 

    Gertrude Chamberlin School Teacher Store Returns thanks to Community Partners

    For the fourth year in a row, Vibrant Church located in South Burlington, donated $5,000 in school supplies to Gertrude Chamberlin School! Each year, they set up a free Teacher Store in their cafeteria, allowing all teachers to "shop" for their classrooms. While many schools send home lists for families to bring in school supplies, Vibrant Church members purchase all of the supplies teachers need! Along with the Teacher Store, they also provided a fun staff breakfast during inservice and decorated the GCS cafeteria. Thank you to these wonderful volunteers for supporting GCS and families!

    Rick Marcotte Central School Staff Greeted by a Red Carpet Rollout!

    Staff at Central School last week received the royal treatment as they were welcomed back in style! On Wednesday, August 23rd, RMCS students and parents surprised staff with a red carpet welcome and a joyous celebration on their first day back to school. Sponsored by the PTO, festivities included a red carpet lined in yellow stars with each staff member's name. Students and parents cheered as staff members strolled under the blue and white balloon archway, into the school, and to the cafeteria. There was laughter, smiles, hugs, high fives, and tears. After a welcome message from Interim Principal Lissa McDonald and Assistant Principal Stephanie Sumner, the staff sat down for a delicious lunch to connect as a learning community.

    Orchard Students and Staff Welcomed Back with Beautiful Chalk Art

    The entire Orchard School community arrived on the first day to fantastic chalk artwork welcoming staff and students to school! Families from the Orchard neighborhoods stopped by Monday evening and decorated the walkways with colorful art as a beautiful way to support returning students and staff. Then, tomorrow, Orchard students will have their first All-School Meeting where all new students and kindergartners will be welcomed with a presentation of Orchard Core wristbands.

    I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend and I look forward to week two!

    Violet


    August 25, 2022

    Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

    Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! This week, we welcomed new staff for orientation on Monday and Tuesday and all staff gathered for Convocation on August 24 before engaging in team building at their home schools. The theme for Convocation this year, developed by our Executive Director of Equity De-Dee Loftin-Davis, was “Cultivating Excellence, Not Perfection.” We also enjoyed a keynote address from Alex Shevrin Venet, author of Equity-Centered Trauma Informed Education. After awards and recognitions, South Burlington High School Junior, Adriana Cassano graciously shared an original poem, “The Leap,” for what, I hope will be a new tradition of incorporating student voices to inspire our staff for the year ahead.

    Next week, students will return to our classrooms and I couldn’t be more excited. It is because of each of you that I enter into this year, as Interim Superintendent, knowing that our students will be successful, that we have cohesion, and that there is stability. It is without hesitation that I chose this role knowing that collectively, we will support our students, one another, and our community. I am humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to lead the District and to partner with each of you this year.

    Dates of Note:

    August 25, 5-8 pm, Check out one of the District’s new electric buses at SoBu Nite Out at Veterans Memorial Park! (Plus fireworks!)

    August 25, 6 pm, Orchard School Kindergarten information night

    August 27, 10-11:30 Kindergarten play date at the Central School playground

    August 27, GCS Kindergarten play date from 2-3 pm at the Chamberlin School playground

    August 29, First day of school for Grades 6, 9, and new high school students

    August 29, Open Houses at all three elementary schools, see individual school newsletters for specifics

    August 30, First Day of Classes for all students

    September 5, Labor Day No School

    Support Staff Lunch a Success!

    Our support staff are key team members in our district and I was pleased that we were able to honor them last Friday, August 19 at a support staff lunch (a change from the support staff breakfast held in prior years) in the Tuttle Middle School cafeteria. Thanks to Tuttle Assistant Principal Dave Hyatt for setting up the space and to Elementary Assistant Principal Stephanie Sumner, Interim Executive Director of Learning Alysia Backman, SBHS Principal Pat Burke and Gertrude Chamberlin Principal Holly Rouelle for organizing. I hear the root beer floats were a big hit!

    Staff Awards at Convocation

    A part of convocation that I particularly look forward to is the recognition of staff members with years of service and annual awards. This year, we had staff who were appreciated for 10-35 years of service to our District! In addition, I am pleased to announce the recipients of our special awards. See below:

    Dominick Marabella Support Staff Award: 

    Lobsang Norbu, Head Custodian at Orchard School

    SBSD Outstanding Teacher Recognition: 

    Jenna Lewandowski, Speech Language Pathologist, Orchard School and Laura Eichorn, Mathematics Teacher, Tuttle Middle School

    The Theodore Manazir South Burlington School Board Award: 

    Meg Collins, Grant Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Director of Learning and Delina Gilroy, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, District

    Congratulations to all! 

    Looking for Bus Routes?

    They are published on the Transportation page of the District website. Please know that we continue to experience a driver shortage, therefore our routes are subject to change. We encourage all who are able to walk or drive their student (s) to school to consider this option. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding. If you have questions, please contact Kathy LaRock, Transportation Supervisor, at (802) 652-7479 or or you can email her klarock@sbschools.net.  If you are unable to reach Kathy, please contact Sean McKenzie, at (802) 652-7498 or smckenzie@sbschools.net for assistance. 

    Electric Buses on Route this Year: See One on Display TONIGHT at SoBu Nite Out!

    We are pleased to announce that the SBSD Transportation Department will have (4) electric buses on route this year. This opportunity to participate in increasing emission-free transportation was made possible as part of a bus pilot program through the VT Department of Environmental Conservation, with funding from Vermont’s Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Funds. While two will travel on local routes at the beginning of the school year, two others should arrive later this year.

    Curious? Check one out for yourself tonight, August 25 at Veteran’s Memorial Park from 5-8 pm. There will be representatives from the district, Highland Fleets, Green Mountain Power, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources on hand to answer questions about the buses. Did you know it’s also fireworks night? Hope to see you there!

    School and District Connections

    Throughout this year, the District and individual schools want to ensure our families and staff are well informed about happenings in our schools and feel that connections and relationships are being fostered. 

    In order to facilitate this, I will continue sending weekly, Thursday newsletters to families and staff (except for school vacation weeks) and you can look for family and staff newsletters from individual schools regularly. Orchard will continue The Core family newsletter and the Core 2 for staff, Gertrude Chamberlin will have their weekly family newsletter as well as updates to staff, and the new “A-Team” (Interim Principal Lissa McDonald and Assistant Principal Stephanie Sumner) at Rick Marcotte Central School have rolled out the Moose Memo for families and Staff Stuff. New Tuttle Middle School Principal Scott Sivo will be sending families a weekly newsletter with updates and the High School will be engaging in a variety of formats from email to Twitter and Instagram. 

    In addition, the PBiS (positive behavior interventions and supports) teams at our schools are always working hard to build relationships and I look forward to seeing their great work again this year. I did hear about a new and exciting initiative underway at Chamberlin School: DJ Chamberlin! A playlist for staff, by staff! Staff have been asked (it’s voluntary) to submit a song that brings a smile to their face or puts a pep in their step as well as a song that helps relax them and soothes the soul. Songs will be played before, during, or after internal staff events only. Woody Belt (new school counselor), Dan Diamond (5th grade teacher), and Katie Wessels, (School Services Clinician) came up with the idea with more fun to come! 

    Stay Connected: Are you Signed up to Receive District SMS?

    In order to enhance our communication and engagement with families, last year, we added SMS/text messaging to our SchoolMessenger notification system (the system the District uses to send phone and email communications to families and staff). If you would like to receive text messages from the District, simply text the letter “Y” or the word “Yes” to the number 67587 to opt-in. These will be occasional reminders, mainly about upcoming events like we did with my interim and ice cream event. Thanks again to all who were able to attend! 

    Our COVID/Illness Protocols

    As noted last week, our current SBSD Illness Protocol and testing options reflect the latest recommendations from the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE). The South Burlington School District will no longer be updating a dashboard when a COVID positive case is reported or identified in one of our buildings. When a student/staff member presents with symptoms, the decision to test, return to class or send an individual home will rely on our school nurses’ professional clinical decision-making and judgment. Students/staff do not need to test in order to return to school following illness.The Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) will continue to provide tests, when requested, for SBSD nurses to manage and use at their discretion, again based on their clinical decision making. Any changes to our COVID response will be communicated on the District website under Covid19/Recovery  as well as through individual school newsletters. I will not be providing updates in my newsletters unless there is a significant change to the guidance. If you have any questions, please contact your or your student (s) school nurse. 

    Welcoming New School Board Member Laura Williams

    At the school board’s August 17 meeting, Laura Williams was appointed to serve on the board until Town Meeting Day 2023 (March 7). Laura has been teaching Spanish since 1993 and has been working at Essex High School for 13 years. Both of her children went to Orchard, Tuttle Middle School, and SBHS. Laura wanted to join the school board because she believes it is important to have a teacher voice on the board and she wanted to become more involved in the South Burlington community. Welcome Laura and thanks to everyone who applied for this position.

    Relationships, community, and connection are what keep schools, districts, and teams together. It is my belief that this year we can come together stronger than ever, in this now endemic phase of the pandemic, to continue building our proud South Burlington Tradition. I look forward to connecting soon!

    Violet


    August 18, 2022

    Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

    I hope you are all enjoying these final weeks of summer break and are getting excited for the new school year. I know I, as your Interim Superintendent, am looking forward to leading the District through what looks to be a more regular school year. I am grateful for our staff, students, and community, and am looking forward to our continued partnership. I truly believe we have the best staff in the state and that they make great things for our students possible.

    With the new school year comes many events that bring our staff, both new and veteran as well as our students together. Next week, we will welcome new staff members on Monday, August 22  and Tuesday August 23 before convocation Wednesday, August 24. See more on upcoming events and District updates below and I'll see you soon! 

    Dates of Note:

    August 18, 5:00-8:00 pm Spike It for Ukraine fundraiser at SoBu Nite out at Veterans Memorial Park, SB Frisbee in collaboration with South Burlington Recreation and Parks 

    August 18, All SBSD Sports begin, find the latest schedule on the SB Wolves Website

    August 22 and 23, 10 am-1 pm Tuttle Middle School open building walk throughs

    August 19, 12:00-12:45, staff appreciation lunch in the FHTMS cafeteria

    August 24, 8:15 am-12:30pm, Convocation in the SBHS Lobby and Auditorium

    August 25, 6 pm, Orchard School Kindergarten information night

    August 27, 10-11:30 Kindergarten play date at the Central School playground

    August 27, 2-3 pm Kindergarten play date at the Chamberlin School playground

    August 29, First day of school for Grades 6, 9, and new high school students

    August 29, Open Houses at all three elementary schools, see individual school newsletters for specifics

    August 30, First day of classes for all students

    September 5, Labor Day No School

    Convocation and Welcoming New and Veteran Staff

    Each year, our school District marks the official kick off to the new school year for staff by holding convocation. I am thrilled to report that on August 24, our staff will gather in person in the SBHS Auditorium to hear remarks from me and other members of our executive team and most importantly, celebrate staff through years of service and special awards. The theme this year, developed by our Executive Director of Equity De-Dee Loftin-Davis is “Cultivating Excellence,  Not Perfection.” We will also welcome Alex Shevrin Venet, author of Equity-Centered Trauma Informed Education for our keynote address. I am looking forward to it! 

    SBSD Staff In the News

    In early August, I had the pleasure of joining District administrators and fellow education professionals from throughout Vermont in Killington for the Vermont Principal Association’s Annual Leadership Academy. There, our very own Gertrude Chamberlin Principal Holly Rouelle was recognized by the National Association of Elementary School Principals as its Distinguished Vermont Principal of the Year. Congratulations Holly! Read more about it in The Other Paper.

    In addition, Big Picture South Burlington Advisor Jim Shields received the Advisor of Excellence Award and was recognized on the last day of the Big Bang National Conference held in Florida from July 24-27. In Big Picture Learning schools, Advisors are teachers, coaches, and mentors.  The Advisor of Excellence award is presented each year to one advisor who demonstrates excellence in commitment to their students and their learning. 

    In Big Picture Learning’s 87 schools (which are spread across 28 states and located in countries worldwide) there are about 1,867 Advisors. A request for nominations for this award went out to the schools in the network, and Shields was nominated by Big Picture South Burlington Program Coordinator Kevin Downey. You can read the full release and see a photo of Jim giving his acceptance speech in The Other Paper.

    Nutrition Services: Important UpdatesIn School Year 2022-2023, all students will receive one free reimbursable breakfast and one free reimbursable lunch at school. The State of Vermont has provided money to do this for one year through the Universal School Meals Act. Extra meal items and a la carte items, including milk, are not part of the USDA Free and Reduced meal programs. If your student brings lunch from home and wishes to purchase milk, the cost is $.50. We need your help to keep providing free meals to all students in future years. Please fill out this application for free and reduced price school meals. You may also complete the application online in MySchoolApps if your student was previously enrolled in the district.  Filling out this form helps to ensure the district receives funds from the federal government to support free meals now and in the future as well as for other school programs. For more information please contact your school directly or Rhonda Ketner, Director, Nutritional Services at rketner@sbschools.net.

    SBSD Illness Protocol and COVID Testing Updates

    Guidance from the Health Department and the Agency of Education was updated on August 10, 2022. The memo highlighted the incredible efforts of our school nurses throughout the pandemic to help keep students and staff healthy.  As we continue to shift our thinking from a pandemic to endemic state, treating COVID-19 similarly to the flu, we also need to shift our illness response protocols and testing practices, in alignment with Vermont Agency of Education guidance. For our District, this means we are planning for in person teaching and learning without restrictions. I want to note that we continue to be a mask optional District and it is important to be respectful of students and staff who choose to wear masks.

    The current SBSD Illness Protocol and testing options reflect these recommendations and can be found on the district’s website. SBSD will no longer be updating a dashboard when a COVID positive case is reported or identified in one of our buildings. When a student/staff member presents with symptoms, the decision to test, return to class or send an individual home will rely on our school nurses’ professional clinical decision-making and judgment. Students/staff do not need to test in order to return to school following illness.The Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) will continue to provide tests, when requested, for SBSD nurses to manage and use at their discretion, again based on their clinical decision making. Any changes to our COVID response will be communicated on the District website under Covid19/Recovery  as well as through individual school newsletters. I will not be providing updates in my newsletters unless there is a significant change to the guidance. If you have any questions, please contact your or your student (s) school nurse. 

    Indoor Air Quality

    Since the pandemic began and long before, the District has made maintaining our HVAC systems a priority. Since increased air flow assists in the mitigation of the spread of both COVID19 and other respiratory illnesses such as colds and the flu, I wanted to update you on our preparations for the opening of school. In addition to continuing universal precautions such as hand washing and frequent sanitation of touch points,  All HVAC air handlers and uni-ventilators use MERV 13 filters (thicker and more dense to capture more particles) and are changed out quarterly. All ductwork throughout the District has been recently cleaned by an outside company.  Each classroom has been outfitted with an EnviroKlenz air purifier. Each purifier has a mineral filter, UV light , and a HEPA filter. Office spaces have either an EnviroKlenz or Medify air purifier and as always, our HVAC units are used to bring in outside air, Thanks to our outstanding facilities team for ensuring these systems are in place and in top shape for the start of the school year. 

    Transportation:  Routes Posted and News on our Electric Buses

    We are pleased to announce that the SBSD Transportation Department will have (4) electric buses on route this year. This opportunity to participate in increasing emission-free transportation was made possible as part of a bus pilot program through the VT Department of Environmental Conservation, with funding from Vermont’s Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Funds. While two will travel on local routes at the beginning of the school year, when we receive the additional two buses, even more of our students will have the opportunity to enjoy riding on these new buses.

    Looking for bus routes? They are now published on the Transportation page of the District website. Please know that we continue to experience a driver shortage, therefore our routes are subject to change. We encourage all who are able to walk or drive their student (s) to school to consider this option. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding. If you have questions, please contact Kathy LaRock, Transportation Supervisor, at (802) 652-7479 or or you can email her klarock@sbschools.net.  If you are unable to reach Kathy, please contact Sean McKenzie, at (802) 652-7498 or smckenzie@sbschools.net for assistance. 

    Orchard Summer Library: That’s a Wrap!  

    As many of you know, Orchard School's Summer Library program ran for nine weeks on Wednesday mornings from 9 AM until noon and concluded August 10. Here are final stats from their short, three hour mornings: 843 people visited over the summer - an average of 94 people each three-hour day! 1158 books were checked out over the 9 weeks - an average of 129 books each day! Wow! Many thanks to Cara Johnson for greeting guests and checking out so many books as well as Orchard Librarian Donna Sullivan MacDonald. Thanks also to Orchard's PTO for supporting the Summer Library program over the years. 

    There are still summer days left to enjoy and I hope you have the opportunity to cherish them. I am looking forward to seeing you all in our schools very soon. 

    Violet


    July 14, 2022

    Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

    I hope that you are having a great summer so far! Back in March, these warm sunny days seemed so far away and yet, here we are - mid-July already and so many more days to savor all Vermont has to offer like South Burlington’s parks, the bike path, or SoBuNite Out! I know I for one have been enjoying time in my own garden and time with my family on the lake. 

    I want to take this opportunity to virtually introduce myself to you. I am incredibly honored to, as of July 1, be serving as your Interim Superintendent. Prior to this role, I have been working with the District as part of the executive team as your Executive Director of Learning and at times, serving as acting Superintendent. In that role, I regularly engaged with local and regional partners like the Agency of Education. In my first weeks on the job I have jumped right in, working to get our ZEMs (Zero Energy Modulars) project started (see more on that below), overseeing a school board meeting, and beginning the hiring process for key positions within the district. 

    During this time of transition, I know how important consistency is for families, staff, and students alike, and I wanted to let you know, I’m here to ensure this takes place. I have a leg up on this new role as I have been involved in much of the District’s important work, and have had the opportunity to work closely with Superintendent Young and our incredible educators and staff throughout the year to support our students. These partnerships are important to me and crucial to a healthy District. I look forward to continuing to build upon these relationships this year in the capacity of Interim Superintendent and, if given the opportunity, for years to come. 

    Welcome New Staff Members! 

    Hiring is in full swing in the District and I am excited to begin welcoming new staff at convocation in August. In the meantime, I wanted to take a moment to recognize key members of our team who began their new roles in July.  Executive Director of Equity De-Dee Loftin-Davis, FHTMS Principal Scott Sivo, and Elementary School Assistant Principals Stephanie Sumner and Olivia Kane. We’re also excited to welcome long-time SBHS Assistant Principal Lissa McDonald to RMCS as Interim Principal for the upcoming school year. I’m sure you’ll have a chance to get to know these wonderful staff members more as the school year gets underway, but until that time comes, I thought it would be fun ask them all: 

    What’s your favorite ice cream spot and/or flavor? I even got in on this one. My favorite spot to grab a cone is Shelburne Sugarworks.

    De-Dee: “I recently tried Vermont's Maple softee and it's now my favorite, although I will always remain faithful to chocolate. My husband and I have gone to Cookie Love, Otter Creek and Rocky's in Essex Junction.”

    Lissa: “My favorite place to grab a summer treat is at Bailey's Ice Cream in Scarborough, Maine. The best flavor is Triple Chocolate Fudge with Chocolate Truffle ice cream.”  

    Scott: “I grew up in Rhode Island and was programmed, as a youth, to love coffee ice cream.  But, after 8 years in VT, I have been fully converted to the maple creemee, and I rarely end up going with anything different.  "The Scoop" in Shelburne is my family's local go-to ice cream shop.”

    Stephanie: “My favorite ice cream spot is actually in Manchester - Wilcox’s Ice Cream Stand. We used to live down there and I loved taking our kids for local, VT farm ice cream!” Her favorite flavor? Mocha Mud Pie.

    Olivia: I didn’t hear from Olivia by the deadline, but I’m sure we’ll have a chance to find out her favorite ice cream flavor soon. Maybe at the event below?

    Interim and Ice Cream August 8! 

    Come meet me in August! I want to get to know as many of you as I can while enjoying the beautiful weather on our school grounds. On Monday, August 8 from 4-6 pm, drop by 500 Dorset Street (exact location details to come) for conversation and ice cream (dairy free options too!) from Lake Champlain Chocolates. I hope to see you there! 

    Summer School

    Summer school is well underway. Sally Zimmer, who runs our elementary program, said that students have been busy reinforcing academic concepts such as phonics, spelling, reading, writing and math instruction. Along with guided and independent practice, students have also been engaged in cooperative games and puzzles.Amy Blauvelt oversees the middle school summer school program which runs July 5th through August 4th, Monday through Thursday. Students focus on basic literacy and math skills as well as social emotional learning with some fun thrown in for good measure. Blauvelt shared that students are enjoying the time with friends and staying in the routine of school. They are currently reading the book Alone by Megan Freeman.The math teacher is also using cooking to work on basic math skills like fractions and multiplication.Elementary Enrollment Update As many of you may know, the District has been working hard to determine the best way to address the growing enrollment pressures at two of our elementary schools, Rick Marcotte Central School and Orchard School, both short and long term. In late June, two members of our enrollment committee, Bettina Miguez and Ethan Bellavance presented the committee’s draft recommendations to address the urgent enrollment capacity issues at RMCS and Orchard Schools. In the short term, the draft proposal recommends ZEMs (zero energy modulars) be installed at Rick Marcotte and Orchard Schools without compromising other affected areas. The number of ZEMs will be determined based on the allowable land and other space needs within each building, but we are planning on installing 4 at each school. 

    The school board unanimously voted to approve the ZEM classrooms for the 2022-2023 school year with the intention of the district moving forward on ordering them and informing the school board with the most cost-efficient option. We are currently exploring our financing options and I will be providing an update to the board at their next regular meeting in August. While initially we thought the ZEMs would be able to be installed in November of 2022, the current manufacturing timeline has pushed this out tentatively to January 2023. In the meantime, the trailers currently on site at both schools will remain. Stay tuned! 

    Next Board Meeting August 3

    The next school board meeting will take place Wednesday, August 3 at 7 pm. This will be a completely virtual meeting, but you can join via Zoom, by telephone, or livestream the meeting on the Media Factory website and on their Facebook page.

    Early Voting is Open for the August Primary

    The August primary is coming right up on August 9. You can vote early by visiting the Clerk’s office Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 4:30 or by requesting an absentee ballot be mailed to you. You can find out more about early voting options here.

    Early voting ends at noon on August 8 and  voted ballots may be mailed or brought back to City Hall. There is an after hours drop box outside the front doors of city hall as well as one in the back of city hall near the senior entrance. If you decide to vote in person, please note that there are new voting districts effective July 1, 2022. You can find information on the new district maps here

    City ARPA Survey

    The city of South Burlington would like your input! The City has received about $5.6 million in federal economic relief funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. These funds were awarded to: Fight the pandemic and support families and businesses struggling with the impacts, maintain public services, and build a strong, resilient, and equitable recovery.

    To date, the city has allocated about $2.6 million of these funds for capital needs in public safety, improving cyber security, investing in affordable housing development, and returning the City’s workforce.  With a deadline to allocate the remaining $3 million by the end of 2024 and spend by 2026, the City is seeking your input on how best to use these dollars. Check out their survey here!

    Orchard Summer Library Going Strong! 

    Where might you find children counting random items in an empty aquarium; building structures with straws, Kiva planks, and Clix blocks; playing a game of Giant Sorry or Uno; designing a marble run on a LEGO wall; enjoying time with new and old friends AND checking out an average of over 120 books EACH WEEK? It's Orchard School's Summer Library program!! Every Wednesday morning, between 9 AM and noon, an average of 70 people have been gathering for a fun time in the library. Be sure to take a look at Orchard's Instagram for pictures of the many weekly activities. Big thanks to Orchard librarian Donna Sullivan MacDonald and Cara Johnson for overseeing the program as well as the PTO for their sponsorship!

    Thanks for reading this first update and I look for more to come in August! 

    Violet