Thursday, August 17, 2017

Important Community Announcement: Student Drop-Off/Pick-Up Change

Parents and Community Members,

Last year the SCS Leadership Group (our Program Council) took on the task of creating a plan for student drop-off and pick-up, which prioritized the safety of our students.  The plan also looked to create a less congested  and safer experience for parents and community members who access SCS during drop-off and pick-up time.

This summer, the new leadership team at SCS has partnered with the Shelburne Police and Shelburne Fire Department to assure that the plan was a solid one, and met the approval of our first responders.
Both the police and fire departments have approved the plan and have agreed to help the school institute the new traffic pattern during the first week of school, beginning on August 30th.

We understand that the new system outlined below will take time to fully institute.  For many community members and parents, it means changing long-standing habits.  But, we kindly request that all stake holders who access SCS during the school day review the new plan and make every effort to comply with it.

If you read through the plan and have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Scott Sivo or Alison Celmer in the SCS main office.  We request your help in spreading the word about the upcoming changes.  We will use every communication tool we have over the next week to ensure that the community is aware of the impending changes for August 30th.

What is the change?
Starting August 2017, Shelburne Community School will be implementing a new procedure for school bus loading / unloading and student drop-off / pick-up by car. School buses will now be loading and unloading in the traffic circle by the Main Entrance off of Harbor Road. Students that are being dropped-off or picked-up by car will now be using the parking lot on School Street across from Davis Park. In other words, we are switching the bus and car loading/unloading areas.
Why would we need this change?
Safety. After receiving feedback from members in the community about the current morning and afternoon traffic at the school, the Leadership Team brainstormed solutions that would create safer student pick-up / drop-off situations for students, more organized traffic flow, and less congestion on Harbor Road. We invited Aaron Noble, Deputy Chief of the Shelburne Police Department, to one of our leadership meetings to get his input on what the best solution might be – he recommended that we switch the bus and car traffic.
Our hope is that by creating this change we will prevent or reduce the amount of students that have to cross in front of traffic, as well as provide a safer environment for students that bike to school.
Other changes to be made in the interest of student safety:
·  The main entrance of the school will be closed to all traffic other than school buses and faculty, staff, and visitor parking. This will ensure that students can safely exit the bus and enter the school. During the first few weeks of school there will be a large adult presence directing traffic and helping students get used to the new change.

Visitor parking has been removed from the traffic circle.  Vehicles are not permitted to park in the traffic circle no matter the time of day.  Visitor parking is clearly marked and is located in the parking lot closest to the gym/A-wing.
·  The School Street parking lot has 1 entrance at the farthest end of the lot (near the Band room/C-wing) and 2 exits. Our hope is that multiple exit points will considerably reduce the amount of traffic and congestion.
·  There will be 2 lanes in the school street parking lot: 1 “Safe Student Drop Off Lane” (lane closest to the building), in which students can exit safely on the right side of the car directly onto the side, AND 1 “Safe Passing Lane” (marked with yellow arrows), in which cars that have already dropped-off or picked-up students can use to get to one of the exits.

*Please refer to our visual model below to better understand this change. Thank you for helping us create a safer student environment at Shelburne Community School.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Facilities and Maintenance Update

We enjoy keeping you updated on the ever improving condition of our facilities at SCS. When students arrive on August 30th, they are going to be shocked by some of the amazing changes that Chris Giard, our custodial crew, and the folks from Breadloaf Construction have helped to bring about.

Our library and main lobby are both undergoing major renovations.  The main office and staff lounge have also gone through a major transformation this summer.

As Chris references in his email below, we have removed visitor parking from the traffic circle.  New visitor spots (with signage) are being created in the main parking lot by the gym entrance.  We hope that we will soon have an additional major announcement about a change to pick up and drop off locations at SCS.  Last year, our leadership group did some amazing work looking at safety concerns around arrival and dismissal time at SCS. They developed a plan, which we are currently running by both the police and fire departments for approval.  With their approval, we will share the details with families and community members over the next 7-10 days.  So, please be on the lookout for upcoming communications.

These are some other highlights from Chris Giard's latest update to the staff:

E-wing is almost complete.. Movers will be moving in most of the boxes tomorrow. Furniture has arrived and is being set up. Things are moving along. 

C-wing is moving along. Windows are going in. Things should be complete by the end of next week (I hope). We started to paint the Art rooms. Hoping to be complete by the end of next week. This will be determined by the contractors schedule. We are hoping to start cleaning by the middle of next week (again depending on the contractors schedule).

Other things,  You will notice that we have had the parking lot painted. There will be no more parking in the circle. We are moving the visitor parking (6) to the main lot by the gym. There will be more on this in the up coming weeks. We have also started to tile the lobby. This will be going on through out the week. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Outdoor Classroom Day(s)!

This international initiative for Outdoor Classroom Day was discovered via LinkedIn this morning, and I couldn't wait to explore what it was all about. Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. There is a community of teachers from around the world who are sharing practice, ideas, and successes with outdoor, experiential learning via the link below the video. There are more than a million students, and over ten thousand schools participating in this campaign.
This is intended to be a fun, educational, and collaborative experience for SCS. (This is not a program, or curriculum, just a day to celebrate and recognize outdoor classroom experiences.) The three optional dates to participate are September 7th, October 12th, and/or May 17th. Let's find a balance between indoor/outdoor learning, as there are benefits to both experiences for all students. If you are curious and interested in learning more, see the link below. Maybe we could get a small group of teachers and community volunteers together to lead the way! Contact Ms. Celmer, if you're interested.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Building Project/Maintenance Update from Facilities Manager Chris Giard

This past weekend, Facilities Manager, Chris Giard shared an email with the SCS staff, which detailed the progress that his team and the folks from Breadloaf are making in preparing the school for our students' arrival on August 30th. I thought I would share some of Chris' email along with his photos to give you a sense of the transformation occurring at SCS this summer.  Enjoy!

Chris' Email and Photos

Here are some updates as to what's going on at the school.

E-wing is on schedule. Furniture is scheduled to arrive and be assembled the last week of July. The movers are set to start moving on August 1st and 2nd. So those of you who are planning on coming in I would suggest the 3rd. 

Chris shows off the E Wing progress to Ms. Celmer and Mrs. Van Nostrand

Window replacement, As I write this there are NO windows in C-wing nor the Cafeteria. Everything has been removed and the masons are starting to install the new brick fa├žade in the window openings. The new windows arrive on the July 24th. The plan is to start installing the windows in c-wing on the 25th. Once they get going and finish the interior work we will move in and paint the 3 art rooms and the custodial staff will start their cleaning of the wing. This is a very tight window (no pun intended) 

Roof work, It's still going on and on and on.. With hopes it will be done before you all get back.. lol  It will be..  :-)

Library update... There is progress. The new walls are starting to go up. All the old flooring has been removed around the library. The schedule is tight. However Breadloaf is moving along at a pretty good pace. We are hoping to be setting up shelving the last week of August. 

Chris explains the new "open air" concept of the library :)

Painting of B-Wing, well we have painted and cleaned 3 pods and are now working on the last 2. My hope is to have this completed by the 28th. We are still working around programs which is a slight challenge.

All B Wing rooms are being patched and painted this summer.

Great paint colors from the new construction is being used to create accent walls in the B Wing.

Main Entrance, You will notice that there are 2 locations that will allow wheel chair access to the main entrance.

Until the next update enjoy the sun when you can.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Backpack Giveaway - Verizon Store at The University Mall (July 23rd 1:00PM - 4:00PM)

We wanted to share with both students and their families that the Verizon Store at The University Mall has announced a backpack giveaway, which will be held July 23rd from 1:00PM - 4:00PM. Verizon will be handing out 220 backpacks to students on a first come, first served basis.

The backpacks are completely ad free and could be a really nice way to start the preparation process for the 2017-2018 school year.  A sincere thank you goes out to Verizon for letting us know about this opportunity.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Leadership Team Bios

Recently, Ms. Celmer showed Mr. Sivo and Mrs. Van Norstrand a really fun and useful digital tool called Adobe Spark.  Adobe Spark can be used to make engaging slide shows and stories by marrying photographs and text in more dynamic manner than a typical slide show.

Ms. Celmer challenged us to create a brief biography to share with the community using Adobe Spark.  We hope you enjoy them and perhaps gain a better sense of who we are.

Tidbits About Mrs. Bancroft Hello From Mr. Sivo Hello from Mrs. Van Nostrand

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A New Leadership Team Arrives at SCS

Today, with Independence Day now behind us, the new leadership team of the Shelburne Community School began getting situated at SCS.  The new team is made up of Scott Sivo (Lead Principal 5-8), Alison Bancroft (Co-Principal PK-4), and Peggy-Sue Van Nostrand (Director of Special Education).

(Left to Right) Ms. Bancroft, Mr. Sivo, and Mrs. Van Nostrand

Each of us would like to thank the entire SCS and CVSD community for being so warm and welcoming over the recent weeks and months, as we have begun our transition to this amazing school community. As we begin our SCS journey, we look forward to meeting an ever growing number of students, staff, parents, and community members.

Work is already under way to plan for the opening of the 2017-2018 school year.  We will continue to utilize the blog and social media to provide updates and information throughout the month of July.  Obviously, as we head into the month of August, our communication will increase in all formats, as we barrel toward the start of school.

As questions or concerns arise during the summer, please feel free to contact the appropriate administrator with your questions or concerns.

Scott Sivo (Grades 5-8)                                             383-1121

Alison Bancroft (Grades PK-4)                           383-1103

Peggy-Sue Van Nostrand (Special Education)   383-1116

We look forward to welcoming all students and their families back to SCS after a joyful and restful summer break.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

8th Grade Community Service Project PSA

Each trimester our 8th graders participate in developing a community service project in order to demonstrate their ability to meet our mission goal of empowering students to "contribute positively to their community."   If you follow the blog these past couple months you've seen posts about students organizing a pancake breakfast to support the Alzheimer's Association as well as hosting a student activity night with Charlotte and Shelburne students to raise funds to create a new long jump pit at SCS.    We also had students team up with our Technology Coach - Jeff Badillo, to learn how to tell compelling stories through video - and one of the projects is the post below.   It is designed as a public service announcement, sharing information about the Shelburne Salt Shed in order to help people be more informed about all sides of this ongoing controversy.    A thank you goes out to Collin, Adam and Ben for allowing me to share their product with everyone through the blog.

Click here if you can't see "Shelburne Salt Shed"

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Final set of "one thing" videos

This completes the schoolwide posting of videos that our middle school videographers just wrapped up where they asked students in each class to share "what's one thing you want people to know about you"    Hope you have enjoyed the series.   Here is one from Ms. Maynard-Jacobs class

Click here if you can't see "My Movie 10"

And our last post of the year is from Ms. Killkelly's class

Click here if you can't see "My Movie 11"

Friday, June 23, 2017

A few more "one thing" videos to share

This continues the schoolwide posting of videos that our middle school videographers just wrapped up where they asked students in each class to share "what's one thing you want people to know about you"    One more set next week as our final wrapup to the school year.  This first one is from Ms. Kozikowski's class

Click here if you can't see "My Movie 7"

And this one is from Ms. Elia's kindergarten class

Click here if you can't see "My Movie 8"

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