Dear Parents and Guardians,

We’ve had so much fun this week – our 3rd Virtual Community Meeting with dancing, a President’s Day quiz, and prize drawings, our 100th Day projects, Crazy Hat Day with frozen treats, and our Winter Carnival with hot cocoa!

Next week is our Feb. break – no school 2/22-3/2.  School does resume on Wednesday, 3/3, as a normal Wednesday remote learning day.  Teachers will expect their students to engage in their remote assignments as usual, and we’ll see all students back in the building on Thursday, March 4th.

While we are all looking forward to the upcoming break, we would like to take this opportunity to remind our school community to please follow the Vermont State guidelines, and thank you for remaining vigilant during this pandemic and keeping our school safe.

If you haven’t done this yet, please follow this link to take the Family Climate Survey.  

The culture and climate of school is a very important element of making school feel safe, nurturing, and also ensuring that it is a place where parents feel their child is truly cared for, having fun, and fully engaged in their learning.  This is our goal, but we can only tell if we’re reaching that goal when we hear directly from you. Your perceptions matter to us a great deal.   Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey for us.  This feedback will help all our staff a great deal in developing better programs to support our students. 

Sincerely,

Kate Torrey, MES Principal

Enjoy these Community Resources:

What is LAH2S-RCC?

LAH2S-RCC stands for the Lamoille Area Health and Human Services Response Command Center. This is a group of more than 30 area health and human services organizations that came together at the start of the pandemic to set and achieve goals to better serve our Lamoille+ area.

The United Way of Lamoille County resource page is continually updated with local and state information.

Vaccination, Quarantine & Testing

Virtual Vaccine COVID Information Session

Do you have questions about the COVID Vaccine? Or do you know someone who might appreciate more information? Get answers from Dr. Melissa Volansky in a live, virtual presentation and Q&A:

  • Tuesday, February 23, at noon
  • Send questions in advance to hancel@lamoillehealthpartners.org

Log on at noon on 2/23:

The state continues to increase vaccine access. Those 70 and up may make appointments for vaccination starting this week:

  • 20 Walgreens locations now are participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
  • Kinney Drugs, Home Health and Hospice, and Copley Hospital are among other vaccination providers, in addition to the Department of Health clinics.
  • Sign up for appointments at all sites by clicking here or calling 855-722-7878. Do not call the Health Department or your doctor for an appointment.
  • Seniors who need help can call Central Vermont Council on Aging 1-800-642-5119.

People who have been fully vaccinated and are exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine, as long as:

  • They are fully vaccinated (have had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine).
  • More than two weeks and less than three months have passed since they received the second dose of the vaccine.
  • They have not had any COVID-19 symptoms since the exposure.

Get tested to help keep track of the virus in the state. Click here if you have no symptoms to make an appointment. If you have symptoms, call your provider.

Take this survey to help researchers understand how Vermonters and visitors are understanding and responding to Vermont’s COVID-19 guidelines. Complete the online survey and be entered to win one of ten $25 gift cards.

Racial Equity
Racial Equity Alliance of Lamoille (REAL) invites you to build a safe, equitable, antiracist community. Learn more about what they do and how to join a group here. BIPOC Affinity Space meeting:

Racism and the Economy: Focus on Housing

  • March 1st, 2-4 PM
  • Presented by Federal Reserve Bank
  • Structural racism in our housing markets and its impact on economic outcomes for all Americans.
  • Historical and contemporary context of how racism, racial exclusion, and predatory inclusion have limited housing opportunities and wealth-building for communities of color, as well as policy proposals for dismantling the deep inequities in housing market valuation, mortgage lending, and patterns of housing development.
  • Register here.

Practical Positive Co-Parenting:

  • March 30th, 2021
  • 6:00-7:30PM
  • Register here.
  • Led by Life/Parent Coach Dustin Bruley
  • Strategies and tools to improve (and in some cases rescue) your relationship with your co-parent (whether or not that’s your current partner).

Parents of children with a disability or special health need are asked to share their experiences accessing childcare or early education. The information they share through this survey will be used to inform system improvement recommendations to the state of Vermont.

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