Dear PAML Families,

We had our first brush with a positive COVID case in our school this week.  I’d like to extend a big thank you to our office staff, nursing staff, and our families for quickly and efficiently implementing our procedures on Monday morning.  Three things came to mind as we reviewed our process:

  • The most important prevention measure is to please keep your student home if they are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • As a reminder, students who are fully vaccinated will not be asked to quarantine unless symptoms develop.
  • To ensure that we have the most accurate information regarding your student’s vaccination status please fill out this Vaccine Form

I am repeating last week’s Halloween information below.  Each of our classrooms participated in a TA activity on this topic this week as well.  If your student chooses to wear a costume to school, please help us have a safe and fun Halloween by ensuring their costume is not a potential source of harm for anyone in our community. 

We have Halloween coming up next week.  Dressing up for Halloween seemed to bring a lot of people joy last year and I’m happy to invite students to dress up again this year on Friday 10/29.  Please help us make sure students wear costumes that are appropriate for school.  This goes beyond the typical warning of weapons and scary stuff. Chances are, if a costume includes dressing like a cultural figure or person from a gender or race that is not their own, it’s likely to cause harm. 

Please ask your student to consider:

  • Is this costume or image a stereotype of a group of people?
  • Does this object/image hold important cultural or traditional significance?
  • How does removing the context of this costume/object change its meaning?
  • Does my usage of the costume/object trivialize a culture or group of people?

Here is a resource that could be helpful:

Thank you for your continued support. 

Sincerely,
Matt Young, Principal

Please mark your calendars with these important dates:
10/29 – ½ day for students (dismissal at noon)
11/11 – District PD day – no school for students

Schoology Access For Families – Below I have included two links to help families learn basic functions in Schoology. The first link is to show everyone how to sign-up for “Parent View.”  If you run into trouble and need support signing up, please call the office. 

The second video goes through setting up email notifications. The weekly email digest feature can be very helpful for giving families a general overview of their students’ activity at an interval that feels right to you.  I recommend receiving notifications weekly.  We have found that receiving notifications about passed due assignments daily is simply too much information.  I recommend keeping that feature turned off.

Please let the office know if you need support

Signing Up For “Parent View” in Schoology

Parent Notifications in Schoology

Afternoon pick-up traffic change – We are thrilled that our bus company has added a route for us.  This means that our busses are now getting closer to our students’ homes and our students are on busses for shorter periods of time.  A consequence of this is that all of our busses no longer fit in the bus lane on the side of the building for dismissal.  One bus will now be parked in the lane closest to the PAML entrance during dismissal.  If you park close behind this bus you will likely end up having to wait until all of the busses roll out at 2:55 before you are able to move.  As a reminder; it is illegal to pass any bus while it’s “stop sign” is out.  The following places may be better locations to pick up your student:
the circle outside the high school entrance;
the large parking lot close to the bandshell: and/or
the parking spaces between MES and PAML.

Hockey Opportunity for Girls ages 7-12CWS Flyer 2021-2022.docx

Mini MetroBasketball has announced that they will be offering a 2021-2022 basketball season this year. Mini-Metro is a competitive basketball league with an emphasis on player development and sportsmanship. All interested players in grades 5-8 should reach out for more information. Email: morrisvillevtbasketball@gmail.com. All boys who are interested please email Kelly.nolan630@gmail.com or curtbarbour1@yahoo.com. We are so excited to get back at it and can’t wait to hear from you!

Unbound has a new afternoon contact number.  If your student is attending after school and you need to get in touch with Chad please call (802)261-0412.  If you are looking to reach someone about afterschool programming between 8:00am and 2:45pm please contact Unbound through the school at 888-1401.

Athletics Schedule For The Week – Our fall athletic program concludes on Saturday with a final cross country meet at Catamount Family Center – Williston. Thank you to everyone for making our fall athletic season a success!  

Remote Learning Resources
LSUU Return to School Handbook 2021-22
2021-2022 Check-in Schedule Master

COVID-19 Transmission Prevention – We continue to pursue a multi-layer approach to preventing virus transmission in our school.  Our strategies are as follows:

  • Masks are required when indoors at school and on the bus (Please help remind your student to bring a clean mask and an extra each day)
  • Everyone is asked to please stay home when sick. 
  • Students can expect to eat lunch in their classrooms or outdoors in small groups for the foreseeable future.  
  • Our HVAC system has been optimized to cycle as much fresh air into classrooms as possible. 

 Announcements From Working Communities Challenge (WCC) – Families who would benefit from assistance with gifts for their children during the holidays can sign up now for Lamoille Family Center’s Holiday Project. Call Wendy to register: 802-888-5229.

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