1st Day of School is WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28th
It is a short school day. 7:30 - 10:55 AM
First Day of School for 1st - 8th grades - HALF DAY
Wednesday, August 28th. 7:30 - 10:55 AM.
Families: Resource Fair
Wednesday, August 28th. 7:15 - 8:45 AM.
Labor Day - No School
Monday, September 2nd.
First Day of School for Prek and kindergarten - HALF DAY
Tuesday, September 3rd. 8:00 to 10:00 AM.
Athletes and Family Members: Meeting with the Athletic Director and Coaches
Tuesday, September 3rd. 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Location: Cafeteria
MRUSD Board Meeting
Wednesday, September 4th. 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Location: Central Office. 28 Catherine St.
Welcome to Explorers Night
Tuesday, September 10th. 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Location: Explorers Classroom B3
MRUSD Board MeetingFriday, September 20th. 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday, Sept 18th. 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Location: Bellows Free Academy, 71 S Main St. Library
8th Grade Lake Champlain Event Field Trip
St. Albans City School Open House
Thursday, September 26th. 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Location: Library, Gyms, Cafeteria
4th Grade Lake Champlain Event Field Trip
Friday, September 27th. 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
School Picture Days (by Cold Hollow)
Tuesday-Thursday, October 1st-3rd. 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Location: AC206 Professional Library
MRUSD Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 2nd. 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Location: Central Office. 28th Catherine St.
RiseVT Measurement Day. 1st, 3rd, and 5th Grades
Tuesday, October 8th. 8:30 to 10:30 AM. Location: 2nd Floor Art Gallery.
St. Albans City School 1st-3rd Grade Math Night
Tuesday, October 15th. 5:30 to 7:30 PM
MRUSD Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 16th. 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Location: Fairfield Center School, 57 Park St.
Conference week PreK - 8th Grade
Monday - Friday, October 28th - November 1st.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
RESOURCE FAIR Wednesday, August 28th. 7:15 - 8:45 AM.
Come and talk to staff and guests on a wide range of topics
A few pictures from the early moments of last year's resource fair.
2019/2020 SCHOOL MAILING
You should receive a school mailing prior to the start of school. It will include a letter, school calendar and a list of important dates to know. LINK TO A DIGITAL VERSION OF THESE ITEMS
If you did not receive a letter during the week of August 19th-23rd, it is most likely due to the school not having your most recent address. We need up-to-date addresses and phone numbers so that we can reach you at times like this and in cases of emergency. Thank you.
1st-8th grade parents will be receiving a substantial PACKET WITH FORMS TO FILL OUT brought home by your child at the end of the first day of school, August 28th. Kindergarten parents will get a similar packet a bit later.
St. ALBANS CITY SCHOOL OFFERS SOCCER THIS FALL. HERE IS AN ADDITIONAL FREE SOCCER OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER
Saint Albans Youth Soccer Club (SAYSC) Fall 2019 Soccer registration is open. Our fall program is designed to complement Rec Dept and school soccer. Registration is free ($0), including the tournaments. U8 Boys, U8 Girls, U10 Boys, U10 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls, U14 Boys, and U14 Girls; birth years 2006 through 2013. We will have a fall program for every age/gender, regardless of player numbers. Town/state of residence doesn’t matter. See https://www.stalbanssoccer.
PICTURES AND REPORTS
IMPORTANT DOOR ALARM INFORMATION
All exit doors will engage an alarm unless they have been set up with a badge recognition system for school daytime hours. To avoid having to meet with grumpy facilities staff and members of the city police department to explain your mistaken door use, we urge you to exit via the front entrance, near team USA or the exits next to the big gym. Thank you.
The doors shown in this image are next to Renaissance
STUDENT PERFORMANCE FOR THE MAPLERUN STAFF AT CONVOCATION
Students from the four district schools and various drama, music and teaching staff assembled an incredible short play for the maple run staff. After initially meeting in the past spring to brainstorm a topic for the play, the group then met the four days prior to convocation to create and practice the play. The whole performance involved singing, speaking parts, artwork and music. It was powerful. 8-23-2019 LINK TO 49 PICTURES
STUDENTS ALSO ORCHESTRATED A PUZZLE CHALLENGE FOR STAFF
This mental and social task was well received. Each group of about 20 staff members had to organize many words into a coherent sentence. Staff had to be silent and hold their breaths while entering the circles where the words were to assemble the sentence. You will recognize some of our current and former St. Albans City School students and staff in these pictures. LINK TO 80 PICTURES.
NEW TEACHER ORIENTATION
Each year there is some turnover of staff and each year the new staff arrive a day early for the new school year to get used to their place of work. They hear from the administrative staff and they connect with experienced long-time teachers at the school to mentor them through the coming school year.
TEACHER INSERVICE DAYS
Teachers, para-educators and administrators gathered in the library and cafeteria to plan for the new year. The three inservice days at the beginning of the year bring staff up to speed on changes in the expectations, programs, and schedules that make the school run. The staff also get a chance to work with each other to plan their curriculum and duties. Finally, guest educators provide valuable insight into effective dynamics between students and staff. The whole experience is intensive and hopeful as everyone seeks to provide the best learning experience possible for our students.
DONATED SCHOOL BACKPACKS AND SUPPLIES
On Tuesday, August 20th the school received a very generous donation of backpacks and supplies. These backpacks will help some of our students be better prepared for the new school year. Assistant principal Rouleau is pictured with the donation.
FRUIT TREE INFORMATION (8-14-2019)
In spite of some dry periods this summer, a decent crop of apples and pears are gradually maturing in the School's orchard. As tempting as it may be, we ask that everyone leave the fruit in the trees for use by the farm-to-school program in September. Mrs. Lamb and Mrs. Smith will be going out to harvest the fruit to make apple and pear sauce and pies. By leaving the fruit on the trees for this purpose we will be fulfilling the goal of the 4th-8th graders that planted the orchard years ago. They hoped that the kindergarteners at the time would be harvesting and processing the fruit in their last few years at the school. Their wishes have come true.
Note: some of the fruit is small or slightly blemished. These issues won't prevent them from being used in delicious food products.
LINK TO THE STEWARDSHIP ORCHARD WEBPAGE for the history of our fruit trees.
MORE MAINTENANCE PHOTOS
Custodian Richard Barratt was photographed clipping off branches overtopping the walkway roof in front of the building. This action will prevent excessive leaf and branch debris on the roof that can hinder water runoff. He also took the opportunity to remove tennis balls and pathway rocks that had been tossed onto the roof over the last school year.
ADDITIONAL REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE WORK PICTURES
SCHOOL FLOWERS AT PEAK
It is a special time in the summer where the flowers planted by students and staff are spectacular. They are a colorful and varied contrast to the industrial lines of the main school building. The lush flowers flanking the stairs into the entrance of the school were planted by our farm-to-school coordinator, Heather Smith, this past spring.