Chamberlin School students participate in the annual Fun Run. 

Chamberlin Finishes the Year with Fun

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Thursday June 23, 2016

The end of the school year at Chamberlin School was marked by many fun traditions. In May, the PTO sponsored the 5th annual Fun Run, a fundraiser for the PTO that coincides with the Springtime Fit and Healthy Challenge. It is a time of year when students focus on moving their bodies, turning off technology, and eating a rainbow of healthy foods. For the Fun Run, students get pledges for laps, and each grade level spends time walking, jogging and running during a designated time. Many parents and family members joined in the event as Fun Run Champions.

4th Grade teacher Cindy Tan also organized Chamberlin’s traditional Field Day, with support from the PTO. Despite a rain postponement, students enjoyed a variety of field games including Clamming for Marbles, Wring the Towel Relay Race, Splash Tag, and the Hippity Hoppity Ball Race. District Nutritional Services provided a family picnic, a tradition in South Burlington elementary schools.

At Chamberlin’s final assembly, the school said farewell to exiting staff. Physical education teacher Michelle Soules is retiring to North Carolina, speech and language pathologist Rhiannon Kim is transitioning to a district position, RSVP volunteer Harriet Long is taking time to travel and spend with family, and school resource officer Lindsay Wilson is retiring from the police force and moving with her family to New Hampshire. Principal Holly Rouelle says, “We are grateful to the positive influence and commitment that these four adults have given to make our school a wonderful place to learn!”

The kindergarteners gave each one of the Chamberlin 5th graders a carnation at the assembly to wish them well on their journey to Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School. The 5th graders were then further celebrated at an evening ceremony and enjoyed Fun Day at Smuggler’s Notch. The final school celebration occurred on the last day of school with the tradition of kickball games and popsicles. Students were given a final send off in a hail of bubbles from staff members. Rouelle added, “It has truly been an incredible school year of sharing, caring and learning together, and we wish all of our families a wonderful summer!”