ESS Weekly Family Update

Week ending 5/19/23

Update from Mrs. Weber

Thanks to the PTO for the meetings all year and thank you to all the volunteers who have made this year so great. The PTO has so many exciting thigs planned for next year already. I hope you can find time to attend and assist.

NWEA testing has started in first and second grade. The students are working so hard and taking their time-I am so excited to see what the growth will show

TRAFFIC REMINDER--ALL traffic must flow one way mornings and afternoons! You enter through Soundview and exit through Willoughby. Your assistance with this is greatly appreciated to keep everyone safe

We will not accept any changes in dismissal after 2:45-there are no exceptions to this policy. This is for the safety of your child-changes made that late often are not communicated accurately. Thank you for your help with this.

Parents should NOT be parking in the fire lanes along the back parking lot at pick up-it is against fire code to do so. If you do not do the pick up, please let the people know who do so. I still have multiple cars parking there each day

Parents should not be parking so that you are blocking in any other cars, especially if you are staying and allowing your children to play. Staff cars should not be blocked at any time. There are plenty of spaces along the top row to park.

If you have plans to move before the start of the new school year, please email Mrs. Quinlan ( This helps us in making class lists. The staff and I devote much time and thought when placing your child in a class. Parental requests for specific teacher placements will not be considered; however, if there are any special circumstances or consideration regarding class placement, please notify me via email

Please be sure children are sent with appropriate footwear. We have had several students injured on the playground running in crocs and flip flops. Flip flops, slides, slippers and crocs without back straps are dangerous and not allowed to be worn at school. If your child does not have a back strap on their crocs, they are not allowed to be wearing them at school and will not be able to participate in running around at recess.

We are continuing to have parents walk into the nurse's room without permission. If you are here at school volunteering or reading to classrooms, you may not go into the nurse's office without checking in at the office first or having a scheduled appointment. We have students with complex medical needs that require privacy and having unexpected people in the office violates that. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation with this matter.

Have a great weekend--

Please scroll all the way down for lots of information, including summer camp information and free summer playground camp-Mrs. Weber

Final Titlewish


Birthday Books/Grade 4 Goodbye Gift to ESS

Please support the Elizabeth Shelton School library!

Our final Titlewish program will run April 26th through June 2nd, and 100% of the money we raise will go directly to purchasing new materials for our school library.We’re asking you to participate and help us meet our goal of $1,000. Please visit our ESS website and click on Library and then choose the Titlewish link. The direct link is:

It is a great way to honor your child for their birthday or any special occasion or just because you want to help! Your child will have their name placed in a new book in honor of your donation.Thank you for helping us provide Elizabeth Shelton School students with the best education possible!

Thank you!

Mrs. Bush

Library Media Specialist

If you have any questions email me at:

PTO Calendar 22/23


UPCOMING PTO MEETINGS-6:30 PM in the cafeteria-

May 18

August 24


October 12

November 9

December 7

January 11

February 8

March 14

April 18

May 9


last year the ESS PTO…

  • Organized the Back to School Party
  • Held numerous Spirit Days
  • Organized Trunk or Treat
  • Organized Family Fun Night at Lake Quassy
  • Designed Spirit Wear and the Yearbook
  • Planned Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
  • Helped plan and sponsor the majority of the ESS cultural arts events

Become a yearly member of the ESS PTO

for $10 at:

Your dues will help the PTO sponsor many programs and events that directly support the students!!

Have a business? Fill out this form so we can create an ESS Family Business directory:

Please fill out this survey for PTO if you own your own business- we want to support our own!

Dates to Know

Tuesday May 23-

  • K Field Trip

Wednesday May 24-

  • BOE meeting-7:00-most likely will not be able to decide final budget impacts since mill rate not set but residents may speak about class sizes if they wish

Thursday May 25-

  • K Field Trip
  • Special Meeting-Budget Adaoption-5:30-parent attendance is strongly encouraged! Please keep the momentum going

Friday May 26-

  • BMX assembly-thank you PTO

Monday May 29-

  • No School Memorial Day

Wednesday May 31

  • Dazzle Day
  • Grade 4-PHS visit


2022-2023 District Calendar

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2024-2025 Calendar

Budget Updates

Dear Parents,

As you may know the budget is currently being worked on. We are hoping for a budget that is fully funded as proposed from the BOE. At this time, the amount allotted from the mayor is significantly less. If this remains, up to 50 positions may be eliminated. Being that ESS is the largest elementary school, these cuts will directly impact class sizes with the potential of 30 or more students in a classroom at ESS.

The alderman need to hear from you that this is not ok and we expect better for the ESS students and teachers. If you do not reach out, they think everyone is good with what is proposed.

Please email or call Anthony Simonetti (Ward 1 Alderman) or (203) 605-7712 to let him know your thoughts on the proposed budget funding

Feel free to contact Mrs. Weber for more information

Budget Workshop Schedule


Tuesday, May 23, 2023 ( Tentative) Budget Workshop Auditorium 6:00 pm

Thursday, May 25, 2023 Special BOA Meeting to Adopt

Budget - Auditorium 5:30 pm

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