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February 2017
No School - Winter Break
School will be closed February 27 through March 7
See you in school on March 8th.

Our Year-long focus is on Community!
Read more about Community here: The Big Ideas of Sustainability
​We are looking forward to growing our community as we welcome families from around Burlington who are registering their kindergartners for the upcoming school year. The next tour of our incredible little school is Wednesday, March 15th at 9:30 AM. We hope that you can join us to see firsthand what makes 'The SA' so special. When you have questions, please contact Mrs. Monica Gragg in our main office at (802) 864-8480. 

Enrollment for the next school year 2017-2018 is open.
Registration for school year 2017-2018 has now closed. School placement notification will be sent out the week of April 3rd, 2017. If there are more first choice registrations than there are spots, we will look at families’ 2nd choices. When a student doesn’t receive their first choice school, a district employee will contact the family to discuss their options for schools. Applications received after February 24, 2017 will be considered based upon available space.

The next SA tour date:  
Wednesday, March 15 - 9:30 am

BCA Children's Exhibition 2017


We are excited that the Burlington school system celebrates our children's creative expressions in what will be the Burlington City Arts 30th Annual Children’s Art Exhibition.  Each of the art teachers in the Burlington Public Schools is responsible for selecting no more than 30-40, 2-D student works of art from each school to be shown in City Hall’s Metropolitan Gallery.

I base the selection of artwork on student’s growth and effort as an artist by making sure to be as equitable as possible.  

This years BCA art show will hang from March 8 - March 30.  I plan on hanging the Sustainability Academy panel on March 2.  It is my heartfelt request that teachers, parents, and students visit the show in support of the arts and student’s creative, hard work. The City Hall Gallery is open most days 8:30-4:30.  Students, whose work is selected for the exhibit are invited to attend an Awards Ceremony with the mayor, principal Mrs. Sells, and your favorite art teacher!  This year’s art ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15.  

Invitations regarding artists who are selected, the date, and time were sent home Thursday, February 23, 2017.  Please, ask your child or check your child’s bag regarding an invitation.  I go out of my way to overfill SA's allotted showing space to include as many student works as possible.  I deeply care about the creative thinking and expression of each child at SA and work hard at genuinely finding ways to celebrate each artist in the classroom and around the school.

Mrs. Sharp


Each week in guidance class, our lessons center on respect, kindness, and empathy. Many of our lessons come from a program called
Second Step - a research-based social skills curriculum. Each year builds upon the last, but the themes remain the same: identifying your own feelings, managing your emotions, problem-solving, and understanding what someone else is thinking or feeling - otherwise known as empathy. Empathy is Compassion in Action.


We know that in order to be changemakers in our local and global communities, we need to think about our own actions and how those actions impact each other and our earth. Teaching, and learning, empathy is part of our mission here at SA - “We are engaged in making a difference by learning to create social, environmental, and economic justice in our community and world.”


Karen Quinn

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