Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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April 25, 2022

Scotty Updates

The Scotty Updates has been created to provide families and staff with information regarding upcoming events, happenings, and programs at Scotland Elementary School. Please take time at the beginning of each week to review our newsletter. Thank you!

A Message from Mrs. Katkocin ❤️

Dear Scotland Families,

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed the sunshine this weekend! This evening, The Board of Education will have a regular meeting. During this meeting, Scotland 5th grade representatives will be sharing about the amazing events and their fundraising efforts to increase awareness and build a well in South Sudan. I am so incredibly proud of our 5th grade students and staff, and I hope you tune in to see these amazing students share the tremendous efforts in which they have been engaging. You can find the meeting agenda here. This evening's meeting will be held in person in the BOE Conference Room located at 90 East Ridge Road. You can also watch the meeting from home here.

Just a reminder... Families are invited to view our parents workshops posted on the RPS Curriculum Website through our YouTube Channel. We have covered a variety of topics so far this year and are always open to feedback on any additional topics that parents are interested in learning more about.

As Dr. Da Silva shared in her update to the community on Friday, the COVID-19 Health and Safety Committee continues to meet regularly to review RPS COVID-19 procedures. Beginning May 2, RPS will no longer be offering asymptomatic PCR screening tests in school. We have several thousand rapid antigen home test kits available to RPS families. If you would like test kits, you can obtain them from Mrs. Martire, by emailing her at Also beginning on May 2, RPS will no longer be sending daily COVID-19 case notices via email. Cases will continue to be updated at the RPS COVID-19 tracker on a daily basis. I will continue to email families when there has been a COVID-19 exposure in your child’s classroom.


This week is our last week for our Book Madness! This week, all Scotland students will be reading and voting on K-2: Norman Didn't Do It (Yes, He Did!) vs.This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth by Dean Rubin. This is our last week of voting!!

Our COVID-19 screenings for families who have opted in will continue this week, Tuesday, April 26th, beginning at 8:50am. Again, this is the last week we will be doing these screenings.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Kind regards,


Kindergarten Registration: If you have a child turning 5 before January 1, 2023 please contact the main office at (203) 894-5825.

Smarter Balanced Assessment: Grades 3-5

As mentioned in a recent communication from Mrs. Cory Gillette, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, our students in Grades 3-5 will complete the state standardized testing this spring. Students in Grades 3-5 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment. In addition, students in Grade 5 will complete the Next Generation Science Standards Assessment. Our students at Scotland Elementary will be completing the testing in May, and they will be following the schedule below.

Testing is scheduled over multiple sessions, but may be scheduled in shorter or longer sessions as appropriate for the students in the school. SBA is untimed for all students, and additional days are incorporated into the schedule to allow for all students to work at their own pace. We ask that you try to avoid scheduling appointments during your child’s testing window so that students can be present during their scheduled assessment periods. Please see the schedules below.

More information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment may be accessed on the Smarter Balanced website at and the NGSS (Gr. 5 only) website at:

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

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PTA After School Enrichment Reminders

The SES PTA After School Enrichment program begins this week for those who have registered.

Mondays: April 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sports Mix, Canvas Art & Ukelele

Wednesdays: April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

Running & Fitness Club, Canvas Art & Music Video Workshop

A reminder that it is imperative that you sign in to your Dismissal Manager account and indicate that your child will be going to after-school enrichment each Monday of the program. You can go ahead and enter it for all 6 weeks. If for any reason your child is NOT attending or is being picked up by someone other than you, please be sure to go in and update the system.

To ensure all students go home safely, we are tightening up the dismissal procedure for After School Enrichment. Students will be seated with their classes in the cafeteria. Parents must sign out EACH child (siblings need to be signed out individually) with the attendance teacher. Please DO NOT take your child before they have been signed out. Please be PATIENT. The dismissal teacher will move as quickly as possible.

Please make every effort to arrive on time for pick up. The PTA does incur extra dismissal costs for late pick-ups. If you arrive later than 10 min, the PTA will need to charge you a $10 late fee.


Snaps Around Scotland 📸

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Events and Happenings 🗓


Monday, April 25th:

  • F Day

Tuesday, April 26th:

  • A Day

Wednesday, April 27th:

  • B Day

Thursday, April 28th:

  • C Day
  • Author Visit, Sarah Weeks - Grades 4-5

Friday, April 29th:

  • D Day
  • Scotty Spirit Day - wear your spiritwear or red and black!



Tuesday, May 17 - Wednesday, May 19th:

  • Spring Book Fair
  • *Please note the change in date

Thursday, May 19th:

  • Scotland Art Show/Evening Book Fair
  • 5:30-6:45pm

Thursday, May 26th:

  • Scotty Fun Run
  • 3:30-4:15pm

Tuesday, June 7th:

  • Spring Concert
  • 6:00pm

Thursday, June 9th:

  • Field Day

Wednesday, June 22nd:

  • 5th Grade Play
  • 6:00pm

Thursday, June 23rd:

  • 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony
  • 9:30am

Essentials Schedule - Effective 1/25/2022

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A Note from Our PTA

Join the SES PTA Board Next Year!

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If you are interested in joining the PTA Board, please email

Important Links to Keep Handy! 📝