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      Family Handbook
Table of Contents
Chamberlin School Mission Statement & South Burlington          Literacy Support/Reading Recovery
  School District Strategic Plan                                Educational Support Team (EST)
Non-Discrimination Statement                                    English Language Learning
2007-08 School Calendar                                         Special Education Program
2007-08 Faculty and Staff List
South Burlington School Board and Administrator Lists
Absences/Tardies                                         Tobacco Use Prohibited
After-School Care
Animals at School                                        Visitors
Bullying & Harassment                                    Web Site
Bus Procedures and Rules                                 Withdrawal and Transfer

Class Placement                                          FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT
Conferences and Report Cards
Curriculum, Standards and Assessment                     MAP OF CHAMBERLIN SCHOOL

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program – Act 51

English Language Learning
Expectations for Behavior
             Basic School Rules
             Classrooms
             Halls
             Lunchroom
             Recess

Field Trips



Lost and Found

Money at School


Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO)
Personal Property/Toys

Recreation Department Programs
Rights and Privacy of Parent and Students

Snow Days/Delayed Opening/Early Closing
Student Support Services
              Chamberlin School Mission Statement
                                 Welcome to Chamberlin School
                                      A Special Place…
              Where the pursuit of lifelong learning is nurtured by the active
       participation of students, parents, and teachers.

              Where caring and concern for one another foster responsible
            Where everyone is encouraged to be a part of a warm, supportive,
       growing family.

                    South Burlington School District

We believe that…
 All people have value.
 All people have unlimited potential to learn and they learn at different rates and in different ways.
 High expectations challenge all people to higher levels of performance.
 Every individual enjoys the privileges of a democratic society and shares responsibility for improving
   that society.
 Continual learning improves the quality of life.
 The acceptance of individual differences enriches our democratic society.
 Educators, parents, students and community members share the responsibility for education;
   individuals are responsible for their own learning.
 Love, trust and honesty are essential to the emotional well being of everyone.
 An individual’s desire to learn is essential to learning.


The mission of the South Burlington School District, a community committed to excellence in education,
is to ensure that each student possesses the knowledge, skills, and character to create a successful and
responsible life. We will do this by building safe, caring, and challenging learning environments,
fostering family and community partnerships, utilizing global resources, and inspiring life-long learning.

                                 TITLE VI, SECTION 504, TITLE IX


                              NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

              The South Burlington School District fully supports the philosophy and intent of Title VI,
              Section 504, Title IX and all federal regulations promulgated therein and to that end the
              District will not discriminate in educational programs, activities, or employment practices
              on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, national origin or handicap under the
              provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Educational
              Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the individuals
              with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The name, office address, and telephone number of the employees designated to coordinate the
efforts of the South Burlington Chamberlin Elementary School to comply with and carry out its
responsibilities under said Regulations are:

JoAn Canning                                 JoAn Canning
550 Dorset Street                            550 Dorset Street
South Burlington, VT 05403                   South Burlington, VT 05403
802 652-7250                                 802 652-7250

Michael O’Day                                Judith Maynard
Director of Physical Education               Principal
 and Athletics                               262 White Street
550 Dorset Street                            South Burlington, VT 05403
South Burlington, VT 05403                   802 652-7401
802 652-7005
                               Chamberlin School PTO
                            2007-2008 Calendar of Events
    August 28         Tuesday         School Open House 1 pm – 3 pm
    August 29        Wednesday        First Day of School
  September 3          Monday         Labor Day – No School
  September 4         Tuesday         PTO Mixer 6:30 PM
  September 7          Friday         Innisbrook Kickoff
September 26-28    Wed/Thurs/Fri      School Pictures in the mornings
  September 27        Thursday        ½ Day for Students – dismissal at 11:30
    October 2         Tuesday         PTO 6:30 PM
    October 4         Thursday        Open House 6:30 – 7:30 pm
    October 6         Saturday        Fall Harvest Festival 11 am – 2 pm
  October 18-19    Thursday/Friday    No School – VT NEA Convention
   November 6         Tuesday         PTO 6:30 PM
  November 16          Friday         International Dinner and Movie
November 19-20     Monday/Tuesday     No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 21-23     Wed/Thurs/Fri      No School – Thanksgiving Recess
   December 4         Tuesday         PTO 6:30 PM
December 24 – 31   Monday - Friday    No School – Mid Winter Recess
    January 1          Monday         New Years Day Observance
   January 21          Monday         MLK Day – No School for Students
   January 30        Wednesday        ½ Day for Students – dismissal at 11:30
   February 5         Tuesday         PTO 6:30 PM
   February 6        Wednesday        Family Night Out – Book Fair
 February 25-29     Monday-Friday     No School – Winter Break
    March 3-4      Monday/Tuesday     No School – Winter Break
    March 11          Tuesday         PTO 6:30 PM
    March 25          Tuesday         ½ Day for Students – dismissal at 11:30
     April 1          Tuesday         PTO 6:30 PM
    April 3-4      Thursday/Friday    Early Release – Parent/Teacher Conferences
     April 11          Friday         Beach Blast
   April 21-25      Monday-Friday     No School – Spring Break
      May 6           Tuesday         PTO 6:30 PM
     May 26            Monday         No School – Memorial Day
     June 3           Tuesday         PTO 6:30 PM
     June 5           Thursday        Step Up Day
     June 10          Tuesday         School Picnic
     June 11         Wednesday        5th Grade Celebration
     June 13           Friday         Last Day of School ½ day dismissal at 11:30
                                         Chamberlin School

                                     Faculty and Staff 2007-2008

Judith Maynard                                                  Student Support Services
                                                    Special Educators: Judy Duval, Justin Kaulius, Erin
                     Office                         Morse, Jessica Stevens, Pamela Padgett, Kelly
Diane Mack, Behavior Facilitator                    Kanelos
Rose Leggett, Administrative Assistant              Speech/Language Pathologist: Mary Winslow
                                                    Social Worker: Pat O‟Briean
                Health Services                     Administrative Assistant: Meg Collins
Becky Davis, RN – School Nurse                      Literacy Specialists: Jane Dall & Julie Graham
Tami Candib, Health Assistant                       English Language Learning: Jennifer Opel
                                                    Mathematics Specialist: Stephanie Hockenbury
Dean Melen, Counselor                                                Paraeducator’s
                                                    Julie McLane          Cheryl Carter
              Classroom Teachers                    Cathryn Blanchard     Kristen Hall-Potvin
Tina Brown-K          Jen Boudreau-1                Roberta Jarvis        Cheryl Bouffard
Kathy Murphy-K        Laura Payson-1                Gail Welch
Nancy Rogers-K        Kathy Buley-2
Sally Charbonneau-1/2 Keelin Simpson-2                             Custodians
Renea Preksa-3        Pamela Van De Graaf-3         Diane Lampman, Head Custodian
Maryanne Azur-3       Denise Parker-4               Ed Parent
Susan Stewart-4       Chris Provost-4               Jeff Hendee
Cindy Tan-5           Suzanne McKegney-5
                                                                   Student Supervision
                 Integrated Arts                    Gerry Parot, Crossing Guard
Cally Flickinger, Media Specialist                  Cathy DesRoches, Recess
Sandy Barney, Media Assistant
Joannie Wales, Art                                                    Food Services
Cynthia Matthews, Music                             Tonya Lord
Pat Bose, Physical Education                        Maria Ramos
          South Burlington Board of School Directors

Mr. Richard Cassidy, Chairperson                      Mrs. Agnes Clift
    5 Lyons Avenue                                       34 Victory Drive
    South Burlington, VT 05403                           South Burlington, VT 05403
        Home: 864-8144                                   Home: 658-0690

Mr. Theodore Manazir                                  Ms. Elizabeth Fitzgerald
    9 Berkley Street                                      95 Holbrook Road
    South Burlington, VT 05403                            South Burlington, VT 05403
    Home: 862-2258                                        Home 865-4554

Mrs. Carol Caldwell-Edmonds
   D-12 Stonehedge Drive
   South Burlington, VT 05403
   Home: 660-2597

The Board of School Directors meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Parents
and members of the community are urged to attend. A schedule for special meetings is available on
the SBSD website, (


John Everitt, Superintendent                                               652-7250

JoAn Canning, Assistant Superintendent                                     652-7258

David Young, Assistant Superintendent                                      652-7390

John Stewart, Business Manager                                             652-7055

Judith Maynard, Principal of Chamberlin School                             652-7401
                                          It is important to establish a pattern
  ABSENCES/TARDIES                        of regular school attendance. All
                                          children should be in school by
8:05 AM (Students may not arrive before 7:55 AM unless they they
are having school breakfast.) If your child is going to be absent or tardy, please
telephone us by 8:00 AM. Dial 652-7400 and press 1 to leave an attendance message or
press 2 to get the Admin. Assistant. If we don‟t hear from you by 8:00 AM, the Admin.
Assistant will telephone you to confirm the absence. Your child‟s safety is our primary
concern. Please inform us in writing if your child needs to leave for an appointment
during the day, or has any other change in his/her schedule.

          Any student who is not in his/her classroom by 8:05 AM will be considered
           tardy. It is very important that all children be in school on time each day. If
           they are not, valuable learning time is lost.

                                           “School‟s Out” is the District‟s after-school
  AFTER-SCHOOL CARE                        child care program. The program, designed to
                                           serve 42-45 children, offers students a wide
                                           variety of choices each day. Activities may
include creative problem solving, arts and crafts, traditional and non-traditional sporting
games, drama, homework club, and field trips. Vacation and summer camps will be
available. They require separate enrollment and fees. Please contact the Director, Leigh
Lamphere at 652-7320 for more details and registration information. The program is
highly desirable. There may be a waiting list at the time you wish to enroll.

                                            Since many animals pose health and
 ANIMALS AT SCHOOL                          safety risks (such as rabies and
                                            allergies) to children and adults, we
request that you do not bring any animals into the school building or onto
the school grounds at any time. The Vermont Department of Health strongly suggests
that all schools follow this safety guideline very carefully.

                                            Each classroom has its own way of recognizing
 BIRTHDAYS                                  birthdays. Please check with the
                                            teacher if you wish to provide a
special snack or surprise. We ask that you mail after-school party
invitations if all class members are not invited. When they are handed
out in school, feelings are hurt if not all are included.
                                         Beginning with the 2004-05 school year, all
  Bullying & Harassment                  schools in Vermont were required to develop
                                         policy (SBSD Board Policy 7.12) that was in
compliance with Vermont Statutes, Act 117 and Act 91, the “anti-bullying and
harassment” laws.
       At Chamberlin School we expect the use of kind words and actions at all times.
Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. This means no bullying or harassment.
Examples of bullying are repeated name-calling, teasing, excluding, or threatening
behaviors that hurt someone‟s feelings. It also includes hitting, kicking, or hurting
others physically. Harassment means that someone offends or hurts another person‟s
feelings because they think that a person is different. Examples would be saying
hurtful things about skin color, gender, religion, or a disability.

       If any student thinks that s/he is being bullied or harassed, s/he should:
      Tell the person to STOP.
      If it doesn‟t stop, tell an adult right away. At school, you could tell your
       teacher, counselor, or principal.
      DO NOT keep your feelings and concerns to yourself.
      DO NOT try to get back at the person.

                                         Students should be out at the bus stop 5
 BUS PROCEDURES AND                      minutes before bus arrival time and wait for 5
 RULES                                   minutes after arrival time. Schedules vary, this
                                         is due to the number of riders and road

The bus driver may assign seats at his/her discretion. Objects such as books, backpacks,
musical instruments, etc., should be held on the lap or stored under the seat. Students
may not bring anything dangerous or disruptive onto the bus. All food should be in proper
containers or backpacks.

Serious or repeated disciplinary incidents will be reported. The behavior facilitator
and/or principal will meet with the student and parent, when necessary, for corrective
action. Serious, ongoing problems will result in suspension of bus-riding privileges.
Parents may be held responsible for the cost of repairing damage done to the bus by
their children.
Basic rules are:
       1. Stay seated.
       2. Keep you hands and feet to yourself and inside the bus.
       3. Be respectful to others (no degrading or foul language).
       4. Follow the bus driver‟s directions.
       5. Do not eat or drink on the bus.
       6. Do not damage the bus.

                                            Our goal is to have a timely process that results
  CLASS PLACEMENT                           in balanced classrooms at all grade levels.
                                            Parent and teacher inputs about the needs of
each child are gathered in April. Grade level teams (teachers, principal, guidance
counselor, and student support services) meet in May to draft class lists. We have a
“Step-Up Day” just prior to our last day of school. Children visit their grade level for the
following year. Families will receive letters naming their children‟s individual classroom
teachers approximately one week prior to the opening of school.

                                           As most of you know, all
  COMPUTERS                                classrooms at Chamberlin
                                           School now have 3 – 4
workstations in them. In addition, we also have a computer lab that
contains 25 workstations. These computers are Internet
accessible. Each classroom will set up its own account so those students can use the
Internet as a resource in their program of studies. Our district recognizes that
electronic networks are important for student learning. Parents will need to sign a
Permission Form for Student Participation in Internet Projects and Activities (which
will be sent home in the opening day packet). We expect that students will use the
Internet responsibly and in accordance with South Burlington School District rules and
regulations. At the elementary level, teachers carefully monitor student use of the
Internet at all times.

                                            South Burlington School
  CONFERENCES AND                           Districts elementary
  REPORT CARDS                              report cards are
                                            standards based. They
                                            are sent home in January
and June. Parent/teacher/student conferences occur in November
and April. You will be contacted and a conference will be scheduled
at a mutually agreed upon time. You may also request a conference
at any time by calling your child‟s teacher. Parent-teacher communication is important in
your child‟s education and we look forward to talking with you to learn more about your
child as well as to share information from school.

                                            Change is one of the most
   CURRICULUM,                              common experiences we all
   STANDARDS, AND                           share these days – at home,
                                            at work, and at school. We
                                            know that we cannot prepare
   STUDENT PERFORMANCE                      our children for the future simply by providing
                                            them with the knowledge we have today. We
must give them skills to think, analyze, reason, collaborate, make judgements, and become
lifelong learners.

Vermont has developed a Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities and the
Grade Level Expectations (GLE‟s) that recognizes the wide diversity of knowledge and
skills our students need. It will help South Burlington School District students to meet
high-level goals with improvements in three areas:
         WHAT students learn
         HOW students learn
         how to MEASURE student learning.

The plans we create for “what” students learn are called curriculum, and plans for “how”
students learn is called instruction (the provision of many and varied learning
opportunities). Equally important is the measurement of how much and how well our
children learn. These measurements are called assessments.

Setting educational goals and deciding what we will measure provide us with strong
guidelines that strengthen student learning. These guidelines are “Standards” which are
contained in Vermont‟s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities and the
Grade Level Expectations (GLE‟s). The South Burlington School District is currently
aligning all curriculum areas with state and national standards and the GLE‟s.

If you have any questions or comments about curriculum, standard, and assessment,
please feel free to contact your child‟s teacher and/or the principal.

                                          School dress should
   DRESS                                  be appropriate to the
                                          weather and active
lives of young children. Sneakers and pants are best for
Physical Education days. Shoes must be worn at all times and
should give adequate protection against sharp objects. Many students wear outdoor
boots all day in school because they have forgotten their shoes at home. If your child
tends to have this problem, you might want to keep a pair of shoes here at school.

Hats, mittens, and boots are required for outside recess during the winter months.
(Students go outside every day unless the temperature and/or wind chill factors are
below zero.) Students are not allowed outside without these articles of clothing. Shorts
and tank tops are appropriate for hot weather, but halter-tops, “belly-shirts” and “too
short” shorts are not allowed. T-shirts should display appropriate, respectful language
and graphics. Any jewelry (e.g., studded bracelets and necklaces) that could injure
another person cannot be worn to school. Hats will be worn outside only.

                                           Vermont law requires a
 DRUG AND ALCOLHOL                         sequential alcohol and drug
 ABUSE PREVENTION                          abuse prevention education
                                           curriculum be fully
                                           implemented in all schools.

Our Skills for Growing curriculum meets Act 51 requirements.

D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is presented to all students by the South
Burlington Police Department „s DARE officers. Students in K-4 have a four or five lesson
introduction; grade 5 has weekly lessons from January through May.

The School Board has a substance abuse policy that applies to any occurrence on school
property or at a school sponsored event. It clearly prohibits the purchase, use,
possession, being under the influence, possession of devices specifically or reasonably
associated with alcohol or drug use and the refusal of a student to cooperate fully when a
probable violation has occurred. Parents are notified immediately in the event of a
violation. The full policy is available to parents in the principal‟s office. The board policy
applies to students, employees and others acting in a capacity such as chaperone or

Chamberlin School has a referral procedure for any child who is distressed over a
problem that may be drug-related, including the drug abuse of a family member. We can
provide information and support to families seeking outside assistance with drug or
alcohol related problems.
                                               ELL in South Burlington Schools is
  English Language Learning             designed to support students as they
                                        transition into an all-English learning
                                        environment and into the culture of our
                                        schools. The program consists of four main
areas: Identification, Assessment, Service and Monitoring. All students from a non-
English language background are identified upon enrollment with the Home Language
Survey as they enroll.

Students‟ language proficiency is assessed to determine need for ELL services. This
is done using a variety of measures including an assessment of oral and reading and
writing skills, review of previous school records, classroom performance and teacher

Services are based on the results of these assessments. Appropriate language
support is provided and includes content area support. These services are provided
by a licensed professional qualified to teach English language learners.

Students‟ progress is assessed annually. Exit from services is determined by
teachers and is based on proficiency, ability to participate in mainstream classes and
ability to perform on state and federally mandated assessments.

                                                     BASIC SCHOOL RULES
                                             We will respect each other at all times.
                                            We will respect school property at all times.
                                                We will walk in school at all times.

All students are expected to act in accordance with accepted standards of good behavior
and to help maintain an atmosphere in which all may learn together. We strive to teach
responsible behavior and self-discipline to our young children. To do this, we believe in
the following:
        School should be a happy, successful place where children want to be.
        Each person has to learn to be responsible for his/her own behavior.
        The enforcement of reasonable rules increases a student‟s ability to cooperate
          and associate successfully with others.

Chamberlin‟s philosophical foundation for student discipline is built upon The Responsive
Classroom and Discipline with Dignity models.
School rules apply on school grounds and at any event where students are representing
the school. Students are expected to respect one another and staff members at all

In instances where the teacher has used the general disciplinary guidelines and
misbehavior continues, the problem will be referred to the behavior facilitator and
principal. The principal has the authority and responsibility to maintain an atmosphere
conducive to learning through fair and consistent application of district policies and
procedures. Guidelines for specific area rules follow.


Every student has the right to an education. Every teacher has the
responsibility of maintaining a classroom environment where everyone
can learn. No student has the right to interfere with this opportunity
by his/her actions, manners, or lack of consideration.


Students are expected to WALK QUIETLY in school hallways. Traffic should stay to the
right side.


The lunchroom is a place where good social skills can be practiced. Here, all students are
expected to practice good manners. This includes:
       Speaking quietly to those people in the immediate area
       Observing good table manners while eating
       Leaving the table and surrounding area clean
       Asking permission to use bathroom or get a drink
       Carrying out “lunchroom monitor” duties when requested.

Food swapping is not allowed. Gum and glass containers are not allowed in any area of the
school. We would prefer that children refrain from bringing candy and soda as a regular
lunch practice.


Recess provides students with a break time for physical activity. Students are expected
to observe rules of good conduct and treat each other with respect. Rules include:
         Refraining from throwing things (except as part of an
          appropriate game).
         Keeping hands and feet to self at all times.
         Putting all litter in appropriated garbage container.
         Using playground equipment properly.
         Using appropriate language.

Close supervision, consistent expectations, and ongoing learning opportunities are needed
in order to reduce conflict during competitive games (which often results in injury),
especially at recess. Parents‟ ongoing support and reinforcement of the rules and
expectations at recess will help to ensure that our playground remains safe and fun for
all students.

                                          Each class takes one or more trips during the
  FIELD TRIPS                             year. You will be notified ahead of time of the
                                          date, destination, special requirements, and
cost, if any. Parents may be asked to pay fees and admissions. However, scholarships are
always available. The School District encourages the use of buses for transporting
students. There are times, however, when staff or parents may volunteer to transport a
small number of children for a specific purpose.

Here are general guidelines for anyone who transports Chamberlin School students:
      1. The driver must be licensed and insured. If there is an accident, the driver‟s
         insurance is primary. The driver is not “covered” by the District.
      2. The vehicle must have a seat belt for every child passenger and the belts must
         be used at all times.
      3. Before any child is transported in a private vehicle, the parent must be
         informed and permission must be secured in writing.

                                           The guidance program is
  GUIDANCE                                 based on the assumption that
                                           academic learning is greatest
when a child has a sense of self-worth and purpose. When factors that
interfere with learning are reduced, a child is most likely to be

We know that all children will face problems, disappointments and stress in life. We
believe that the models and experiences for problem solving and coping that are provided
during elementary school years will be a part of the children‟s skills for life.
Our guidance counselor works with groups of children as well as individuals, teaching ways
       Take responsibility for their own behavior.
       Give and receive friendship graciously.
       Relax and cope with stress.
       Communicate effectively.
       Solve problems and work out interpersonal disagreements.

 HEALTH                                 Each school health
                                        office is staffed by a
Registered Nurse who has a School Nurse endorsement through
the Vermont Department of Education. In addition, staffing may be
complemented by an LPN/ Health Assistant. The School Nurse works as a team
member with other school staff to maximize learning and wellness in a healthy and
safe school environment for every student. The School Nurse maintains student
immunization and health records, as well as provides yearly screening for vision,
hearing, height, weight and blood pressure. Referrals and follow-up evaluations are
done as needed or requested. In addition, the School Nurse provides health
education and support for health and wellness at every grade level.

The School Nurse asks families to do the following:
   Complete and return the Emergency Information Card and Annual Health
   Notify the School Nurse of any updated immunizations.
   Inform the School Nurse or office staff of any changes in emergency contact
     information as they occur throughout the year.
   Notify the School Nurse if your child has any contagious infection.
   Keep your child home if fever, vomiting, or severe diarrhea occurs.

At the end of the school day there is NO nursing coverage at the school. It is each
parent/guardian‟s responsibility to communicate, to the coordinator or coach of their
after school activities, any health needs your child may have.

                              First Aid Treatment and Care
The School Nurse or Health Assistant will triage all injuries. If appropriate, an
accident report will be completed and filed in the Health Office. Parents/guardian‟s
will be notified in case of a serious injury, or if follow up attention or evaluation is
                                 Medication in School
                   Guidelines as outlined in the SB Medication Policy

1.    The School Nurse does not supply over the counter medication for student use.
2.    Parents may bring in over the counter stock medication (i.e. acetaminophen
      (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), cough medication, cough drops. The School Nurse
      will administer these medications for a short period of time only. All
      medication must have a signed note, giving directions and permission for
3.    Prescription medication must be delivered in the original container, with a note
      from the doctor and parent giving directions and permission for administration.
4.    All medication must be brought to school by an adult and delivered to the
      Health Office.
5.    Information and permission may be FAXED to the Health Office.
6.    All medication will be locked in the medication cabinet in the Health Office.
7.    All medication information will be kept in a medication logbook with appropriate

                                       ACT 158
Pursuant to Act 158, South Burlington School District is prepared to provide a safe
and supportive environment for all students with a life threatening allergy or chronic
illness. Any student with a life threatening allergy or chronic illness may be provided
with protection under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

                                            Early in the school year, you will receive
   HOMEWORK                                 detailed information about homework
                                            expectations from your child‟s teacher(s).
Included in this information will be an explanation of the purposes of the work, how often
homework is assigned, and how much time should be devoted. Your child should need
little, if any, assistance with his/her homework. Homework is generally an extension or
review of what has been covered in class. You can best help you child to develop
responsible homework habits by providing a quiet time and workspace and checking to see
that assignments have been completed.

                                        The school day for all children
  HOURS                                 is from 8:05 AM to 2:40 PM.
                                        (Please make sure you read
the “Absence/Tardy” section of this handbook.) Our kindergarten
program is full-time. Children cannot arrive at school before 7:55 AM unless they are
having school breakfast. Before school supervision, 7:45 to bus arrival is available in
the cafeteria only for students who are here for school ala carte breakfast.
Dismissal is at 2:40 PM. If you are picking your child up by car, please pull into the small
lot and make sure you are here by 2:40 PM. Please do not leave your vehicle in any driving
lane if unattended. All parents meeting children inside the building need to arrive by 2:40
PM and wait in the lobby for walkers to be dismissed. We need your cooperation
because congested hallways create a safety issue and interfere with a timely dismissal

                                         Lost articles are kept together on a table in the
  LOST AND FOUND                         main lobby. Please check regularly for missing
                                         items. Unclaimed items are given to a local
charity two times per year: April 1 and July 1st.

Please label coats, boots, lunch boxes and other articles to help us return them.

                                        We now have a computerized access system.
  MEALS                                 Each student now has a food service
                                        “account” (no tickets). This means that money
is deposited into the account and then the student purchases breakfast and lunch
food items using that account. Each student has a customized pin number. If there
is money in the account, the purchases are deducted. If the student is eligible for
the free meal program, the computer knows the status automatically and charges
nothing. If there is no money in the account and the student is not eligible for free
meals, the purchase is charged and the student now has a negative account balance
which must be paid the next day.

New students will receive his/her personal pin number on the first day of school.
When students get their breakfast and/or lunch, they will enter their pin number on
the pin pad located by the cashier. The cashier will tell them how much money is
owed, if any. Cashiers will let the students know when their balances are getting low.

Deposit forms (which are available in the cafeteria) need to be filled out when
putting money into your child’s account. You may pay by cash or check. Make
checks payable to South Burlington Nutritional Services. Students can turn in
their deposits daily in the cafeteria. You can also write one check for multiple
students; simply include a deposit form for each student with the single check.
Breakfast. Our District has a breakfast program available to all students.
Breakfast is available daily from 7:45 to 8:05 AM at a cost of $1.25. If your child
walks or you drop him/her off, please make sure they are here at 8:45 AM if he/she
is having breakfast. Bus students will go directly from the bus to the cafeteria if
they wish to purchase breakfast. Breakfast will not be served after 8:05 AM.

Lunch. Hot lunch is available daily at a cost of $2.30. If your child brings cold lunch,
milk is available for $.35. (Adult lunch is $3.25 this year.)

                                        Students should not bring money to school
MONEY                                   unless it is for a specific purpose. Whenever a
student has more than $1.00, please make sure that it is in an envelope that is marked
with the student‟s name, amount enclosed, and what the money is for. Reminder:
Students should not have more than 50 cents on bake sale days and generally no more
than $1.00 for the school store.

                                          FRIDAY is the day we send notices,
 NOTICES                                  newsletters, and other regular communications,
                                          so look for them especially on that day.

                                            We hope that you will want to
  PARENT/TEACHER                            become actively involved in
  ORGANIZATION (PTO)                        the PTO. Your support will
                                            enable this worthwhile
                                            organization to grow and
to continue to enhance our school and community. PTO meetings
and many of its activities are included in the school year calendar.
Weekly school newsletters (which are sent home on Fridays) contain
important PTO information – please look for them!

                                          There is no parking at any time in the
  PARKING                                 designated handicapped spaces, the bus lane
                                          and along the yellow curb. All vehicles left
unattended even for a few minutes must be parked in a legal parking space. It is
the policy of the district that vehicles in violation will be towed at the owners’
expense. Schools will enforce this policy.
                                          In general, your child‟s teacher will let you know
  PERSONAL                                when and if personal items are needed in school.
  PROPERTY/TOYS                           Headsets are allowed outside (e.g., on the bus
                                          and at recess) but NEVER during instructional
                                          time. Teachers may decide that use of these
items is occasionally OK during break time. Teachers will make a call home if problems
arise. Trading cards, toys and hand-held games (except those brought for sharing
time) are not allowed at school.

For both safety and security reasons, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and roller
blades are not allowed at school during regular school hours. We would like to
discourage children from returning with these items after school since there is a
good deal of traffic in our parking lot. Bicycles, skateboards, scooters and roller
blades are not allowed on the cement walkways and entrances at any time.

                                          The South Burlington Recreation Department
 RECREATION DEPARTMENT                    conducts after-school and Saturday programs
 PROGRAMS                                 throughout the year. Flyers about each
                                          program come home with Friday memos.
                                          Registrations MUST be returned to the
Recreation Department, not the school office. Programs include:
       Fall – soccer, art, pumpkin carving
       Winter – basketball, art, holiday vacation
       Spring – girls softball, floor hockey, art
       Summer – playground program

Please call the South Burlington Recreation Department at 846-4108 for further
information. Other sport programs – youth football, youth hockey, and youth baseball,
are sponsored by other community organizations.

                                           The South Burlington Board of School
  RIGHTS AND PRIVACY OF                    Directors endorse the right of parents and
  PARENTS AND STUDENTS                     legal guardians to inspect and review any and all
                                           official records, files and data related to their
                                           children and further endorses the protection
of individual rights to privacy and confidentiality as outlined by Public Law 93-380,
Section 513, “Family Educational rights and Privacy Act of 1974”. (See FERPA guidelines
at the back of this handbook.)
If parents are separated or divorced, both parents have the same rights to review
student records, receive progress reports, etc., unless a court order provides otherwise.
If the provisions of your divorce decree limit the rights of the non-custodial parent,
please provide the school with a copy. Otherwise, the school will afford the same rights
to both parents.

                                            Harsh weather conditions may close our
 SNOW DAYS – DELAYED                        schools. Local radio stations carry this
 OPENING AND EARLY                          announcement. Since we hate to lose
                                            instructional time and sometimes weather
                                            conditions improve significantly by mid-morning,
                                            a delayed opening procedure will be in effect as
          If opening at the regular time is inadvisable, but it looks like we can safely run
           buses later in the day, all bus schedules and school openings will be delayed up
           to two hours.
          Schools will close at the regular time.
          Many local radio stations will broadcast delayed openings, including: WVMT-
           620; WJOY-1230; WEZF-933; WXXX-FM95; WQCR-FM99; WDOT-1390.
          A delayed opening depends on improved weather so parents should listen to
           their radios to be sure school does not close for the day if weather turns for
           the worse.

Occasionally the weather gets bad after school is in session and a decision is made to
close school before normal dismissal time. If we close early, many children
don‟t know whether to go home or elsewhere. Since we cannot allow
children to leave (either on the bus or walking) until we have verified
that there is an adult to supervise, we are asking that you tune in to a
radio station and listen for early closing information. If you learn that
we are closing early, and your child will be going to another location which
is different to the one you identified on our Emergency Closing Form, call your
child’s teacher via her voice mailbox and let us know where your child should go.
Thank you.

                                                Literacy Support and Reading Recovery
                                        Our literacy support program provides
                                        supplemental instruction in literacy (reading and
                                        writing) to children in kindergarten through
second grade who need this support to meet our literacy standards.
Reading Recovery serves first graders at risk of reading failure. Our two Reading
Recovery teachers work with individual children for 30 minutes daily, usually for 12 to 16

                             Educational Support Team (EST)

Chamberlin School believes that a comprehensive system of educational services should
be provided to all students to enable them to succeed in the regular classroom. At
Chamberlin, a range of effective education services are available to students who are
failing or at risk of failing to achieve because of academic, behavioral, or social problems.

Our Educational Support Team is a cross-section of professional staff
members which meets weekly to find ways to support a student having
difficulty in the classroom. When a student needs support, the
classroom teacher has usually discussed the problem with parents. In
any event, parents are notified if their child is referred to the EST and
informed of any additional support the child is to receive. Parents who
believe their child needs additional support may refer their child to EST by contacting
the teacher, guidance counselor or principal.

                             English Language Learning (ELL)

ELL in South Burlington Schools is designed to support students as they transition
into an all English learning environment and into the culture of our schools. The
program consists of four main areas: Identification, Assessment, Service and
Monitoring. All students from a non-English language background are identified upon
enrollment with the Home Language Survey as they enroll.

Students‟ language proficiency is assessed to determine need for ELL services. This
is done using a variety of measures including an assessment of oral and reading and
writing skills, review of previous school records, classroom performance and teacher

Services are based on the results of these assessments. Appropriate language
support is provided and includes content area support. These services are provided
by a licensed professional qualified to teach English language learners.

Students‟ progress is assessed annually. Exit from services is determined by
teachers and is based on proficiency, ability to participate in mainstream classes and
ability to perform on state and federally mandated assessments.
                                Special Education Program

The South Burlington School District affirms the right of all handicapped children to a
free, appropriate public education. Children living in South Burlington who are learning
disabled, learning impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, emotionally disturbed,
speech/language impaired, health impaired or orthopedically impaired and are in need of
special education are entitled to this special education service.

Decisions on the type and intensity of service to be provided by our specialists are made
by the basic staffing team. Parents of children eligible for special education should be
directed to our consulting teacher/learning specialist, the principal, or JoAn Canning,
Assistant Superintendent of schools (652-7390).

                                           The current telephone system features an
  TELEPHONE                                “automated operator” and voice mailboxes for
                                           all staff members. A directory of all numbers
that you may need to use is included in the “Opening Day Packet”.

The “automated operator” consists of a recorded greeting where we
can notify you of any special announcements. Then you will hear
several options. You may leave an attendance message, listen to
lunch choices and special events, listen to the principal‟s message,
or press 2 to be connected to the main office. If no one is in the
office, or if the Administrative Assistant is on another call, you
will be transferred to the office voice mail to leave a message. If you
have difficulty getting through to the office and it is an emergency, you may call the
South Burlington School District Business Office at 652-7055 for assistance.

Students may use a phone in emergencies and with teacher permission. To encourage
children to become responsible, we discourage the use of the phone to ask parents to
bring forgotten items such as sneakers or homework. Children do not use the telephone
to make after-school social arrangements. These should be arranged the day before.

                                           You are invited to visit school at any time.
  VISITORS                                 However, ALL visitors MUST sign in at the
                                           office each time they enter the school and
wear a “Visitor’s Pass”. If you wish to visit a particular classroom, please notify the
teacher ahead of time. If the child of visiting friends or relatives wants to spend time at
Chamberlin, please arrange this ahead of time with the teacher. If you wish to join your
child for lunch, and would like to purchase hot lunch, the cost is $3.25. Please let the
office know so we can add you to the lunch count. Thank you for your consideration and

                                           We encourage parents and community members
  VOLUNTEERS                               to volunteer at Chamberlin. You may want to
                                           help with a special activity, to direct a small
group project, or to assist the teacher with various classroom responsibilities. If you or
someone you know would like to volunteer time, please call our office at 652-7400 and we
can refer you to the appropriate member of our staff.

                                           The South Burlington School District website is
  WEBSITE                         It is an exciting website
                                           with plenty of information for you and your
family. Click on Chamberlin and visit our Math Center, Media Center, Health Office,
classrooms and other many areas of our school.

                                          Parents who plan to move
  WITHDRAWAL AND                          from South Burlington or
  TRANSFER                                transfer their children to
                                          another school should
                                          notify the office well in
advance of this withdrawal. This allows the school time to complete the transfer and
have the parents sign the “Release of Records Form” so the student can be properly
registered in the new school.
  Parent Notification of Their Rights under Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act for
                       Elementary and Secondary Schools (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students
over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's
education records. These rights are:

(1) The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of
the day the School receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students should submit to the School principal [or appropriate
school official] a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.
The School official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or
eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

(2) The right to request the amendment of the student‟s education records that the
parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate.

Parents or eligible students may ask the School to amend a record that they believe
is inaccurate. They should write the School principal [or appropriate school official],
clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is
inaccurate. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the
parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible student of the
decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for
amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided
to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information
contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA
authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school
officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed
by the School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member
(including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person
serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the School has
contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical
consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee,
such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in
performing his or her tasks.

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review
an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

[Optional] Upon request, the School discloses education records without consent to
officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
[NOTE: FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the
parent or student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification
that it intends to forward records on request.]

(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning
alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

                   Family Policy Compliance Office
                   U.S. Department of Education
                   400 Maryland Avenue, SW
                   Washington, DC 20202-5901

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