Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Announcements 11-30-2020

THANKSGIVING BREAK
Wednesday - Friday, November 25th - 27th.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL


November 24, 2020


Dear St. Albans City School Families,


We hope your families are doing well and looking forward to a relaxing time together. We will not be in session Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for the Thanksgiving Break. We will be back in school on November 30th, and we will be bringing back the 5th and 6th grade to 4 days a week starting December 3rd. We are still not fully staffed, but we are doing our best to meet the needs of all of our children.


When we return from Thanksgiving Break, we will continue to check temperatures before students load the bus in the morning; however, we will be moving temperature checks inside for walkers and drop-offs. To accomplish this we will have all 4th-6th grade and 7th-8th test stations in the vestibule nearest their pod. Prek-3rd grade will have temperatures checked in the classroom as students enter. This is necessary as the temperatures get colder and our thermometers have more and more error readings. This video will describe how we deal with error readings or high temperatures. 


As the cold weather takes root and classrooms have more students in them, we are also finding a way to provide a safe environment for Physical Education. At this point, many students never see the hallways. Our pods are very tight, and students remain in their classroom with their pod only. This has been very helpful and exceeds the guidance set by the State. When we return we will have a PE room for 1st to 3rd grade on the first floor, and a PE room for 4th-6th grade on the second floor. Students will follow a specific route, led by teachers. We also have strict procedures in place to maintain the integrity of our bathroom pod design. We believe this small change will provide easier access to movement and still keep students safe.


Finally, we had a positive COVID case this week. All of those that were affected have been contacted. We will continue to have cases. We will also continue to practice mitigation procedures. By remaining diligent to our procedures, wearing masks correctly and consistently, staying in our pods, remaining 6 feet apart as much as possible, and washing hands, we can continue to keep our school family safe. Also, we must stay home when we feel sick - even if in past years we would not have done so. For this holiday break please remember that the Governor has ordered that anyone traveling or attending multiple family gatherings will be required to quarantine for 2 weeks. We need our families to support us in keeping our school family safe and our school open. 


We wish our school family a safe and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday. 


Our School Community is Raider Strong! 


Joan and Stacie


ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 2020

IMPORTANT DATES


DECEMBER

BFA Experience
Tuesday, December 1st. 6:00 to 8:00 PM

MRUSD Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 2nd. 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Zoom Meeting link at https://www.maplerun.org/o/mrusd/events when available.

5th and 6th Graders return to school four days per week
Thursday, December 3rd.

Picture Retake Day. Appointment required. Call Margaux Vaillancourt @ 527-0565
Wednesday, December 9th. 9:00 - 10:00 AM. Location: Large Gym Entrance
If your child signs up for retakes a form will be sent home with them as soon as we receive those forms here at school, thank you.

MRUSD Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 16th. 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Zoom Meeting link at https://www.maplerun.org/o/mrusd/events when available.

Winter Break - No School
Wednesday, December 23rd - Friday, January 1st.





PICTURES



PAJAMA DAY (11-24-2020)

Quite a few learning communities or individual classrooms chose to make the day before Thanksgiving break pajama day. Staff and students came dressed in pajamas. Here are a few images from around the school.  Learning communities can share more pajama day pictures with the announcements if they wish. Send to mcraib@maplerun.org


Quadruplet Unicorns - Team Imagination - Koldys


Team Travelers - Lewis


Team Discovery - Murphy


Team Adventurers - Farrell





DISCOVERY SCIENCE - KUTKA

Students in two different pods (classrooms) mixed several liquids (vinegar & cabbage juice) and various solids (tums, alka seltzer, honey, sugar, bread, banana, tea, cinnamon) together to see what would best neutralize acids. Prior to this step, they had a lesson and discussion on human digestion and the purpose of acids and bases found throughout the digestive system. Once they had an essential understanding of how food is processed in the body, students were asked to consider what kind of commercial or home remedies work best for dealing with excess stomach acid, e.g. a cause of the commonly experienced “heart burn”.  11-24-2020. Careful observation and classroom discussion led to some great learning. Link to 28 6th Grade Pictures.   Link to 34 5th Grade Pictures.







ADVENTURERS STEAM CLASS - RANKIN

Ms. Rankin brings STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and the Arts) into PreK and Kindergarten classrooms on a regular basis. On Tuesday, 11-24-2020, Ms. Darcie, as the students call her, had Ms. Farrell’s students use art supplies to create birds that would fly with a homemade wind tunnel. The 34 pictures linked here show the creation of the flying objects and how the flight system looked like when each child got to test their creation out. Everyone had a chance to return to their seats and make upgrades to their work before flying it a second time.  Link to 1 Minute of Video Clips



MENU


BREAKFAST

Mon, 30th

Tue, 1st

Wed, 2nd

Thu, 3rd

Friday, 4th

WG Iced Honey Bun Fresh Fruit Milk Variety Or Whole Grain Bagel Cream Cheese Fresh Fruit Milk Variety

Breakfast Round Assorted 100% Juice Milk Variety OR Whole Grain Bagel Cream Cheese Assorted 100% Juice Milk Variety

Remote learning

Delicious Fruit Filled Muffin w/String Cheese Assorted 100% Juice Milk Variety OR Whole Grain Bagel Cream Cheese Assorted 100% Juice Milk Variety

WG Croissant Grape Jelly Assorted 100% Juice Milk Variety OR Whole Grain Bagel Cream Cheese Assorted 100% Juice Milk Variety


LUNCH

Mon, 30th

Tue, 1st

Wed, 2nd

Thu. 3rd

Friday, 4th

Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets Oven Crisp Tater Tots OR Deli Turkey Sandwich Veggie Sticks Fresh Fruit Milk Variety

General Tso Chicken Veggie Fried Rice Steamed Broccoli OR Chicken Caesar Salad Dinner Roll Assorted Fresh, Dried or Canned Fruit Milk Variety

Remote Learning

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce (Ground Beef) Steamed Green Peas OR Tuna Salad Sandwich Veggie Sticks Assorted Fresh, Dried or Canned Fruit Milk Variety

Chicken Patty Sandwich Roasted Sweet Potato Fries Seasoned Green Beans OR Chef Salad w/Dinner Roll Dinner Roll Assorted Fresh, Dried or Canned Fruit Milk Variety




Monday, November 23, 2020

Announcements 11-24-2020

 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24th, 2020

IMPORTANT DATES

NOVEMBER

Thanksgiving Break. No School
Wednesday - Friday, November 25th - 27th.


DECEMBER

BFA Experience
Tuesday, December 1st. 6:00 to 8:00 PM

MRUSD Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 2nd. 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Zoom Meeting link at https://www.maplerun.org/o/mrusd/events when available.

5th and 6th Graders return to school four days per week
Thursday, December 3rd.

Picture Retake Day. Appointment required. Call Margaux Vaillancourt @ 527-0565
Wednesday, December 9th. 9:00 - 10:00 AM. Location: Large Gym Entrance
If your child signs up for retakes a form will be sent home with them as soon as we receive those forms here at school, thank you.

MRUSD Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 16th. 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Zoom Meeting link at https://www.maplerun.org/o/mrusd/events when available.

Winter Break - No School
Wednesday, December 23rd - Friday, January 1st.





PICTURES



5TH GRADE ART - HABERMAN

Students in Ms. Haberman’s 5th-grade art classes have been creating "animal weavings". The samples shown here are still in progress. 


Link to 10 Pictures of some of the artists who are creating this work.

Left: Art teacher, Ms. Haberman, showed the example she created and the paper idea template she provided to the students. What is interesting is how unique and special the student artwork turned out when children were given the chance to let their imaginations loose.





NAVIGATORS PREK - EMMONS

Last week we learned all about hibernation. We learned about a variety of animals that hibernate in the winter here in Vermont. The children created this art/science activity showing the different types of places the animals hibernate. Then they painted masks to become growling bears. These photos are from both the blue and the green groups.  Link to 16 Pictures.





USA 8TH GRADE - ROULEAU & VAUGHN

Students got to explore the muscular and skeletal system of chickens in a very concrete way. Everyone in the classroom got their own chicken wing to evaluate. First, they stripped the skin off of their wings. Next, they examined how the uncovered tendons and muscles move the wing structure when pulled upon. Finally, they separated the various bones of the wings to see how they are held together and how the move smoothly.  Link to 30 Pictures.   





TRIUMPH - ALBRECHT

Students were asked to write a paragraph comparing and contrasting two characters from their silent reading books. They were asked to use descriptive details from their book and to make sure that their capitalization and punctuation were correct before turning in the assignment. Link to 16 Pictures.




BAGGED MEALS

For over eight months now the Abbey Group has been packing huge volumes of meals to go home to or with students. It is a massive task. In addition, since school started back in person, they are also busy providing packaged meals that are served in classrooms. 


The employees who work in the cafeteria are motivated to do the work in part because they enjoy the interaction with kids as they come through the cafeteria or snack room. These days that aspect of school life is absent. So, it is admirable seeing them labor on what is often a very monotonous task week after week. We appreciate their contribution to keeping our school going through this challenging time.





IMAGINATION ART - COSTANTINO

Students layered vibrant watercolors and their own creativity on top of a grid suggested by their art teacher, Mr. Costantino. Children also worked on other paintings and some of these are shown in the linked photo album. Link to 20 Pictures. https://photos.app.goo.gl/qR3L4Nz3VgfYece9A



OPERATION HAPPINESS

Operation Happiness – Is a program of the United Way of Northwest VT. It provides a basket of food and toys for the children in the family (16 and under) for nearly 1000 needy families in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties


Registration in St. Albans - call 393-4443, from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm, Nov 16th – 20th, and Nov 23rd - 24th.


Specific dates and pickup locations will be announced during registration.  


Toy Donations:  Please drop off your toy, hat or mitten donations in the red “Toys for Kids” barrels or the St. Albans Free Library.



MENU


BREAKFAST

Mon, 23rd

Tue, 24th

Wed, 25th

Thu, 26th

Friday, 27th

Honey Bun or Bagel

Breakfast Round or Bagel

No School

No School

No School


LUNCH

Mon, 23rd

Tue, 24th

Wed, 25th

Thu. 26th

Friday, 27th

3 Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges Dinner Roll 

OR 

Chef Salad Dinner Roll Fresh Fruit Milk Variety

Chicken Burrito Mexicali Corn 

OR 

Deli Turkey Sandwich Veggie Sticks Fresh Fruit Milk Variety

No School

No School

No School




WEATHER




WEATHER EXPECTED OVER THE REST OF THE WEEK



BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK


STUDENT FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

Olivia

Blodgett

Emily

Twombly

Karmyn

Bombard

Samantha

Gleason

H.

C.

Hope

Marshall

Edan

Peters

Lyla

Heald

Adeline

Oliver

Noelle

LaClair

Trayvon

Collins



STAFF FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

Francisca

Ovitt

Rie

Asato-Ditch

David

Muir IV

Victoria

Trombley

Kimberly

Hirschberg




VERMONT GUIDELINES ABOUT TRAVEL AND GATHERINGS OVER THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS


The Vermont Department of Health has published a holiday tool kit document for residents. Website link to this toolkit. It contains maps with COVID-19 infection information about your destination or the location of your guests, ways to think about the risk of gatherings or travel to your family, how to travel as safely as possible, the need for flu shots for family members, and Vermont quarantine guidelines.  Link to PDF document with the same information. Link to COVID-19 Regional Map



PLANNING TO TRAVEL OUT OF STATE? - READ THIS POSTER



PLANNING TO HAVE GUESTS FROM OUT OF STATE? - READ THIS POSTER