August 16, 2018
Edmunds Middle School students and families,
The energy of a new school year is upon us – teachers are readying their classrooms, the Makerspace is in the final stages of installation and students are putting the final touches on their summer work. The construction of our new cafeteria is also well underway. Throughout the 2018-2019 school year we will be able to track the progress and look forward to using our new space in the 2019-2020.
Throughout the summer much work has also been done to prepare for a year focused on our two goals for 2018-2019:
- ALL EMS students will feel connected to the community – safe, respected, seen, heard, and understood.
- All EMS students will find meaning in their work.
Future newsletters will be emailed to you every other Friday beginning in September. Please be sure to include your email address on the student information form. If you do not have email, the newsletter can be found on our website or picked up in the EMS guidance office. The Edmund’s Middle School staff ALL IN for another wonderful school year – we hope you are too.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. In order to support you and your child in feeling ready for the 2018-2019 school year please see below for more details and reach out with any questions. 802.864.8486. Enjoy these final days of summer – we look forward to seeing you soon and to a strong start to the school year.
Ms. McDonough and Mr. Chan
The first days of school:
- Tuesday, August 28th: Informal Open House – We hope that you and your child will stop by anytime between 2:00 and 3:00 to say “hello” to your teachers as they prepare for your arrival. We will be serving watermelon on the front lawn at 3:00.
- August 29th – The first day of school is for 6th graders only. School begins at 7:55. Sixth graders should meet their teachers on the front lawn. Teachers will be holding up signs with their Team Name so you know where to go. If it rains, we will meet in the gym. Sixth graders will embark on a day of community building; sharing their stories and getting to know teachers, new classmates, and the building. Breakfast will be available for 6th graders at 7:30. The school day will end at 2:00.
- August 30th – All students at EMS. We will gather by the flagpole for a welcome and an all-school picture at 7:55. Students who wish to have breakfast may enter the building at 7:30, using the door on the Main Street side of the building. Breakfast is free to all students, and we encourage all our students to start the day off right with breakfast.
- School day times – 7:55 – 2:50.
- Doors will still open at 7:30 – all students are encouraged to go to the cafeteria for breakfast to start their day fueled.
- Homework help will be offered each morning at 7:30 in the Library starting September 4th.
- Students will be marked tardy if they arrive to first period after 7:55.
If you are planning to have your child dismissed during the day, please have your child bring a note to the guidance office in the morning specifying the time for dismissal; and your child will be waiting for you in the office when your arrive. Without a note, you will need to come into the building to pick-up your child.
Early Release Wednesday
For the 2018-19 school year, Burlington School District will continue to implement a K-8 weekly early release Wednesday schedule, beginning the first day of school, August 29th. Students will be dismissed at 2:00 on Wednesday for the entire year. After-school activities will be offered. Dismissal time for the remaining four days of the week will be 2:50.
|Updates regarding drop off and pick up expectations
Homework Help (Monday-Thursday) Beginning September
All other activities after Labor day.
Look for the afterschool flyer or check the EMS website at the beginning of school.
Student identification cards will be required for NEIGHBORHOOD SPECIALS. Only students who live a mile or more from Edmunds Middle School will receive student ID’s. ID’s will be available in early October. Replacement ID cost is $5.00.
|A Note on Scheduling
On the first day of school your child will bring home an information packet. There are several forms (blue) that need to be filled out, signed, and returned to EMS. Please return all BLUE forms to your child’s homeroom teacher by Thursday, September 5th.
THE NUMBER TO REPORT ABSENCES IS: 802.864.8486 and press 1.
Please let us know before 7:55 if your child is not going to be at school.
EMS handbooks will be available at our Open House Thursday, September 15, 2018. Most school district policies can be found in the district calendar or on the district website www.bsdvt.org. District calendars will be sent home the first day of school with your child.
Communication & Custody Issues
If there are custody issues, restraining orders or other issues about your child that we should be aware of, please let the Guidance office know right away.
Dress Code Reminder: Please help us.
If you are shopping for your child’s fall wardrobe, this is a gentle reminder of our dress code.
School is a student’s place of work. We expect students to dress in a manner that maintains a productive and focused educational atmosphere. Students have the right to express their creativity and individuality through their dress; however, such rights must not interfere with the learning environment. All students are required to come to school dressed appropriately.
The following are considered to be in violation of the EMS dress code and are NOT allowed :
- Clothing displaying anything that, in the judgment of a school official, is sexually explicit, suggestive or insulting, or refers to illegal activity (e.g., use of drugs, gangs, tobacco, or alcohol) are not allowed.
- Underwear may not be showing; this includes boxers, briefs, bras or bra straps.
- Hats, hoods, and non-functional headwear are not permissible.
- Low cut tops and shirts or tops that expose stomachs are not permissible..
- Pajama tops or bottoms and slippers are not permissible.
- Outerwear, vests and coats, must be stored in student lockers during the school day.
Students’ fashion choices that interfere with the learning environment will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school, or students will be provided with temporary clothing. If necessary, students’ parents may be called during the school day to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day.
Minimizing Class Interruptions
Please understand that with a student population of over 450, we do not interrupt classes to call students down to the main office if they forget their homework, clothes for gym class, or to deliver messages (unless it is an emergency). Should you wish to drop off items for your child, we are happy to have students come to the main office between classes to pick up items they may have forgotten. We are working hard to protect valuable instructional time and avoid interruptions for teachers and students. Thank you for understanding and your continued support.
Fall sports (soccer, field hockey, and cross-country) start right away. There is a meeting for all interested students on Friday, August 31st right after school in the gym. Tryouts will begin on September 4th. Look for your child to bring home sports participation information and paperwork during the first days of school.
New Faculty at EMS –
- Valerie Lodish – Tech integrationist
- Rebecca Ortiz – 6th grade teacher
- Lindsay McQueen – .5 Health teacher
- Eva Gonova – SPED teacher for Nia/Journey
- Cristi Green – SPED teacher for Evolution
- Margo Weisman – Speech and Language pathologist
- Ellen McLean – SPED teacher for Quest and team To Be Named
- Laura Guest – After School Coordinator
- Julia Stein – Guidance Administrative Assistant