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A Parent Webinar You Don’t Want to Miss!

Date: January 26th, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Format: Virtual through Zoom (link will
be posted on the MVSD FaceBook page
at 12 noon on 1/26/21)


TEACH CHILDREN TO MANAGE THEIR TIME, SPACE AND MATERIALS (AND KEEP THEIR EMOTIONS IN CHECK)! POWERFUL STRATEGIES TO HELP YOUR CHILD DEVELOP INDEPENDENT EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS

Executive function skills refer to the mental skills we use to pay attention, to organize and plan tasks and materials, to start tasks and stay focused on them, to manage emotions and be flexible, and to keep track of what we are doing. Young children rely on these skills to follow a sequence of instructions for daily tasks while older children need these skills to “break a task down” into a sequence of steps and organize a timeline as the demands for independent learning increases. These skills can impact students at home, school and in social situations.


In this practical strategies seminar parents will:

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  • Develop a solid understanding of what the executive function skills are and how they impact a student’s academic and personal performance
  • Learn how to promote the development of the executive function skills by weaving them naturally into everyday activities.
  • Learn dozens of easy to implement strategies help children initiate tasks, transition between tasks and think in an organized way and encourage self-initiative to manage homework and personal belongings.
  • Easy strategies to help students understand time demands and internally feel the sweep of time to complete tasks in allotted time frames. Show students the process of how to plan and complete homework with less supervision and fewer prompts.

Sarah Ward is an exceptional presenter! Many MVSD teachers who attended her webinar in August 2020 said this was the best training they had had in their careers.

Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP has over 25 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations and treatment of executive dysfunction. Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Sarah is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and presents seminars and workshops on the programs and strategies she has developed with her Co-Director Kristen Jacobsen. Their 360 Thinking Executive Function Program received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from the National Organization CHADD. She has presented to and consulted with over 1400 public and private schools in the United States, Canada and Europe.

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Information on Running for the MVSD School Board

Missisquoi Valley School District has one three-year term for a school board director from each town of Swanton, Highgate and Franklin.

In order to run for school board, you must be a legal voter from a town in the Missisquoi Valley School District. For 2021, the requirement to file a petition with signatures has been waived. A candidate needs only to complete a consent of candidate form and return it to Pierrette Bouchard at Missisquoi Valley School District, 100 Robin Hood Drive, Swanton, Vermont 05488 or email to Pierrette.bouchard@mvsdschools.org no later than January 25, 2021 by 5 pm.

A link to the form can be found below.

Candidate Consent MVSD Unified District 2020 F

The school district will be voting by Australian Ballot on March 2, 2021.

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6th Grade Student Return

11/4/2020

Dear Grade 6 Families;

At the end of September we shared a plan to bring all K-5th grade students back to in-person learning five days a week.  Our schools have been moving through that process and students are being successful.

On October 23rd the Agency of Education updated their Strong and Healthy Start Guidelines for schools.  In that update the physical distancing requirements have changed to allow students in PK-6th grade to be seated at a minimum of 3 feet from one another.  This change will allow us to plan for students in 6th grade to return to in person learning full time.

At this time, Franklin and Highgate schools plan to move 6th grade to full time on November 16th.  Swanton students will return full time the week of December 14th.  Each school has a differing set of circumstances that impacts the timeline for students to return.  The availability of adequate classroom space, appropriate furniture that can be placed 3 feet apart,  and classroom staffing all needed to be considered in the development of this timeline.

Of course this transition depends on the success of maintaining a healthy school community, our ability to adequately staff our school and any changes in requirements form the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Education.  

Your school will be sharing more specific information with you about this grade 6 transition. We are excited to be able to serve more of our students in our schools full time.  

Respectfully yours,

Julie Regimbal

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MVSD Social-Emotional Learning Guide

The Missisquoi Valley School District (MVSD) continues to build on our commitment to educate every child in a developmentally appropriate and holistic way. To expand on this commitment over the last 12 months, MVSD convened a district-wide team of educators from all member schools to create a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 framework that addresses the social and emotional learning skills that every child, adolescent, and adult should obtain during their time at MVSD. 

This framework will support every child to become curious, engaged, and respectful members of their classrooms, as well as productive members of our community as they enter adulthood. This comprehensive guide focuses on the personal and social ways that all students can achieve success, while assisting our educational professionals in creating, developing, and implementing strategies that promote this development. During our summer in-service faculty and staff were provided training and professional development on the various ways that we can foster social-emotional learning in our classrooms and will continue to be provided coaching and guidance in order to enhance this work in the months and years to come. 

As this guide is the first of its kind in Vermont, we are excited to not only share this with our MVSD students and families, but also to share information about the great work taking place in our district with other schools communities across the state. If you have any questions or thoughts about this guide, please feel free to contact MVU Director of Student Affairs Steve Messier, at 868-7311 or by email at steve.messier@mvsdschools.org

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Letter to Families – The Missisquoi Valley School District In-person Transition

9/30/20
MVSD School Community:

As we shared last week our elementary school administrators have been working on a plan to increase the in-person learning of our younger students. The conditions we need to meet to bring Kindergarten-5th grade students back are:

  • The level of COVID-19 virus in our community and Vermont Department of Health guidance and data supports an increase to full in-person instruction.
  • Staffing in our schools is stable and allows us to operate reliably.
  • New routines are effective and efficient and we are able to maintain compliance with the guidance from VDH/AOE.

Right now the Vermont Department of Health, the Agency of Education and pediatricians are clear that Vermont is in an excellent position with respect to the level of COVID -19 virus in our state and region. Information about Vermont’s current level of activity can be found ​here​. The CDC guidelines for reopening schools​ are also linked.

The staffing resources available and changes needed to bring all students back into K-5 classrooms varies from school to school. There are many logistical and physical classroom changes that will need to be addressed so that we can increase in-person instruction and ensure compliance with Vermont Strong and Healthy Start Guidelines. We believe that we can meet those requirements safely by planning with our teachers and staff over the next few weeks and by bringing students back in a phased approach. All students in Grades K-5 will be in school 5 days the week of November 16.

The Missisquoi Valley School District phased in-person transition is as follows:

Week of October 19thWeek of October 26thWeek of November 2ndWeek of November 9th
All Kindergarten and 1st grade students attend 4 days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Remote WednesdayAll K-3rd grade students attend 4 days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
Remote Wednesday
All K-5th grade students attend 4 days: For Franklin and Swanton students M,T,TH & F. Remote WednesdayAll Kindergarten-5th grade students attend school Monday-Thursday in-person Friday No School
Students in 2nd-5th grade stay in Hybrid ScheduleStudents in 4th and 5th grades stay in a Hybrid ScheduleDue to the General Election on 11/3, ​Highgate Students will be in school Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with a virtual learning day on Tuesday/election day.Friday 11/13 will be a parent teacher conference day for all students in grades PK-6. MVU students will have no school.

Students in Grades 6-12 remain in Hybrid learning model.

Students enrolled in The Missisquoi Valley Virtual Academy (VTVLC) will continue with that program.

Our administrative team will be working together in the weeks ahead to implement this timeline and maintain a safe and healthy environment in our schools. Please understand that this timeline is subject to change should there be a change in health conditions or an inability to meet the requirements to operate reliably. We will need to continue to practice our physical distancing protocols, mask wearing and hand washing hygiene to be successful with this plan.

Although there is no plan to change the Hybrid model for 6-12th grade students at this time, please know that if conditions and Vermont guidelines for schools change, we will examine ways to provide more in-person learning for secondary students.

We feel confident that this phased in approach is the best way to increase the in-person learning for K-5th grade students while maintaining safe practices.

You can expect communication from your school’s principal in the upcoming weeks with more specific information.

As always, thank you for your support and keep well.

Regards,
Julie Regimbal

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FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SNOW PLOWING & SALTING/SANDING SERVICES 2020-2021 INVITATION TO BID

The Missisquoi Valley School District is seek- ing bids for a 1-year snow plowing contract for the 2020-2021 season (October – April) for the Franklin Central School, 15 School Street, Franklin, VT.

In addition, sanding/ salting of plowed areas and/or areas indicated in bid specifications and on bid form when needed and/or as requested with appropriate equipment. All plowing must be completed no later than 6:00am. There will be a mandatory site visit Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 at the Franklin Central School – 8:30am. Specific bid specifications and bid forms will be available at the site visit. Proof of adequate insurance must be provided prior to contracting.

If you have any questions please contact Steve Ballard, (802)285-2100 or steve.ballard@mvs- dschools.org. Bids will be accepted in person, by mail or via fax prior to October 14th at 1:00pm. Bids should be sent to:

MVSD Central Office
100 Robin Hood Drive
Suite 2
Swanton, VT 05488
Fax: (802)868-4265.

The board reserves the right to award or reject any and all bids in what appears to be in the best interest of the Missisquoi Valley School District. 

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Main COVID-19 Resources

General Information

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Child Care for Essential Workers

The Governor has asked the state to gather information on those essential workers who require childcare.  The list of who is an Essential Worker can be found here:  https://vem.vermont.gov/essentialpersons.  If you work in one of those categories and cannot find care for your children, please fill out the survey below. 

Let’s Grow Kids has developed a web form to help collect information to connect the families of essential workers with child care in schools and licensed child care programs that are operating to provide services now through April 6, 2020, while school dismissal and general child care service closures are in effect.

Essential workers who need help finding child care should visit: https://webportalapp.com/webform/essentialworkers. Families can also call 2-1-1 ext. 6, or call 1-877-705-9008 to speak to a child care referral specialist.

Child Care for Essential Workers

Vermont Care Partners have prepared this list of Intake and Crisis Lines for anyone who may need them.

PreK Learning from Home:
Supplemental Resources for Families

PreK Learning from Home Supplemental Resources for Families from the Vermont Agency of Education is available now!