Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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Week of May 17, 2021

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 each Monday to review our newsletter. Thank you!

A Message from Mrs. Katkocin ❤️

Dear Scotland Families and Staff,


I hope you are all well and enjoyed the beautiful weekend!


We are so proud of all the students who worked so hard during the Read-A-Thon! This week, students began receiving their prizes, inclusive of the opportunity to spin the wheel of prizes (prizes included gift cards, a box filled with toys, morning announcements, etc. See pics below!)! The school goal was to read 20,000 collectively, but our super readers blew right past that goal and read a whopping 132,920 minutes!! The students worked so hard, we are going to have 2 spirit dress up days! A HUGE thank you to all of our PTA members who worked so hard to make this happen and for coming to hand out student prizes this week!!


  • Friday May 21: Crazy Hair Day
  • Friday May 28: Dress from your favorite decade 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s


Just a quick reminder to please be sure to check your child(ren) nightly for ticks, as they seem to be present this time of year, and we are getting our students outside as much as possible.


Wishing you all a wonderful, healthy week!


Kind regards,

Jill


Reminder: If you are requesting to change your child's learning models, please complete this form, and email your child's classroom teacher, Mrs. Anderson at canderson@ridgefieldps.net, and Jill Katkocin at jkatkocin@ridgefieldps.net to notify us. We ask for 72 hours notice for any change in learning model, so we can ensure our records, PowerSchool, and classrooms are prepared for the change.


*Follow Scotland on Instagram @ScotlandElementarySchool

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Smarter Balanced Testing/NWEA Testing

Smarter Balanced testing continues this week for grade 3 and Grade 5 will begin NGSS testing, including cohort C students. Please find an updated version of the testing schedule here.


NWEA math testing begins this week for grades K, 1, 2 on Tuesday.

Snaps Around Scotland 📸

Events & Happenings 📅

WEEK AT A GLANCE:


Monday, May 17th:

  • B Day

Tuesday, May 18th:

  • C Day

Wednesday, May 19th:

  • D Day

Thursday, May 20th:

  • E Day

Friday, May 21st:

  • F Day

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UPCOMING EVENTS:


Monday, May 24th:

  • Early Dismissal Day: Dismissal will begin at 11:30am
  • Students in grades 1-5 will be involved in "asynchronous" (not live teaching) activities in the afternoon from home
  • Students in kindergarten will be involved in "asynchronous" (not live teaching) activities ALL DAY from home


Thursday, June 3rd:

  • Whole school Field Day (more information to follow)


Friday, June 4th:

  • Rain Date - Whole school Field Day


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5th Grade End-of- Year Events!


Monday, June 7th:

  • 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (more information to come)


Tuesday, June 8th:

  • 5th Grade Field Trip - Mountain Workshop (at Scotland)


Wednesday, June 9th:

  • 5th Grade Virtual Poetry Cafe
  • 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (Rain Date #1)


Thursday, June 10th:

  • 5th Grade Beach Party & Food Truck


Friday, June 11th:

  • 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (Rain Date #2)

Scotty Students Earn Two Spirit Dress Up Days!

The PTA is SO proud of all the students who worked so hard during the Read-A-Thon. The school goal was to read 20,000 collectively but our super readers blew right past that goal and read a whopping 132,920 minutes!! Our students certainly earned their Spirit Dress Up Day! The student vote was SO close that Mrs. Katkocin has announced that we can have 2 spirit dress up days!


Friday May 21: Crazy Hair Day

Friday May 28: Dress from your favorite decade 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s

Chalk It Up to the SES 5th Graders

Coming Soon!

The SES PTA is organizing a fun way to honor our awesome 5th graders!
Keep an eye out for the sign-ups coming in the next few weeks!

WE DOUBLED OUR GOAL!!

Thanks to our ABSOLUTELY AMAZING community - we were able to DOUBLE our fundraising goal, bringing in more than $40,000!


A HUGE SCOTTY THANK YOU to all the families and friends who have generously donated in support of our amazing students!


The generosity shown by everyone who donated means we will be able to do some truly fantastic things for our students!!


Stay tuned for more info on prizes, reading goals, and totals in the next week.


The Scotland Community ROCKS!!!

WE ARE SCOTTY STRONG!!!!!!

Join the PTA Today!

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Information to Keep Handy! 📓

A Message for Kindergarten Parents

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A Message for 5th Grade Parents - D.A.R.E.

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A Message from Dr. Da Silva

Per Dr. Da Silva's communication on 3/19/2021, please note the following:


Remote Learning:

Remote learning is available to students:

  • have elected this option as their learning model

  • who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, but are well enough to attend school

  • who are awaiting COVID-19 test results

  • who are in quarantine

Remote learning is not available to students:

  • who are on vacation

  • who are located at a second home and are not sleeping in Ridgefield

  • who occasionally prefer to remote learn

  • who are running late to physical school

  • who are not well enough to engage as a learner

  • who have an appointment, and may otherwise be “late”


Students who do not meet the criteria for remote learning will be considered absent.


Health And Safety:

Travel Advisory: As of Friday March 19, the Connecticut Travel Advisory changed from being a requirement to being a recommendation. The state of CT will no longer require a 10-day quarantine or a negative COVID-19 test when returning from out-of-state travel. RPS will continue to recommend and ask for a negative COVID test after out-of-state travel however we will not be requiring it. Please find the Governor’s press release here.


The Town of Ridgefield and RPS have seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks. COVID-19 is spread primarily via droplets from person to person when individuals are not wearing a mask and are less than 6 feet apart. Please continue to practice social distancing and the wearing of masks when meeting with individuals outside of your home. It is important that we remain vigilant with the mitigating measures.

Virtual Attendance of In-person Learners

The main office staff and teachers have been receiving many questions regarding temporary switches to remote learning for students. Our elementary principals have put together these reminders to clarify questions around attendance and remote learning.


Remote learning is available to students:

  • have elected this option as their learning model

  • who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, but are well enough to attend school

  • who are awaiting COVID-19 test results

  • who are in quarantine

Remote learning is not available to students:

  • who are on vacation

  • who are located at a second home and are not sleeping in Ridgefield

  • who occasionally prefer to remote learn

  • who are running late to physical school

  • who are not well enough to engage as a learner

  • who have an appointment, and may otherwise be “late”


Students who do not meet the criteria for remote learning will be considered absent. As a reminder, if you wish to change your child to cohort C, we do request that you provide 72 hours notice.


Please note:

  • The learning experience, on short notice, may not replicate the remote experience that occurred during hybrid, or with other remote learners, as the lesson plan may already be drawn up for the day.

  • Students will receive live on camera instruction, but some instructional materials may not be available for the student. If a student is going to be marked as "remote present" for a long duration, by the third school day, the teacher will provide an experience that resembles the typical remote learning experience.

  • Kindly let your child's teacher, the principal, and the nurse know by email if your child will be participating virtually prior to the start of the school day. The nurse will give you a call. If this is not possible, your child will be able to begin participating virtually the following school day.


Thank you so much for helping our teachers provide the best experience they can for all of our students.

Travel Advisory - Connecticut

Health And Safety:

Travel Advisory: As of Friday March 19, the Connecticut Travel Advisory changed from being a requirement to being a recommendation. The state of CT will no longer require a 10-day quarantine or a negative COVID-19 test when returning from out-of-state travel. RPS will continue to recommend and ask for a negative COVID test after out-of-state travel however we will not be requiring it. Please find the Governor’s press release here.


The Town of Ridgefield and RPS have seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks. COVID-19 is spread primarily via droplets from person to person when individuals are not wearing a mask and are less than 6 feet apart. Please continue to practice social distancing and the wearing of masks when meeting with individuals outside of your home. It is important that we remain vigilant with the mitigating measures.

Dismissal 🚘

Our dismissal process has been working smoothly, and I am incredibly grateful for your patience and flexibility as we navigate the space we have to use. We will continue to work with Ridgefield Police to ensure a safe, efficient pickup at Scotland! Just a few dismissal reminders as we head into the week...


  • Please be sure to enter dismissal information into School Dismissal Manager. If a family arrives to pick up a student whose name is not entered in SDM, the family will be asked to park, and then sign out their child with our security guard. This is to ensure the safety of each and every student.
  • Please have your students name(s) visible in the front windshield on the passenger side of the car. This will allow our staff to call students for dismissal in the most efficient way possible.
  • In the pick up line, students MUST enter the car on the passenger side of the car. We cannot have students walking between cars to enter from the driver's side. If your child must enter on the driver's side, please park your car, and one of our staff members will walk your child to you.
  • If you need to help your child buckle, or perhaps open a snack for their ride home, kindly park the car in one of the available spots to do so.

A Note from Mrs. Martire 👩🏻‍⚕️


If your child is ill or has been exposed to Covid-19 please contact me at 894-5825 extension 6575 or email me at lmartire@ridgefieldps.net.


Attached below is the letter that was sent out from the RPS nurses at the start of the school year for your reference. It includes a link to Addendum 5 ( also attached below: link to CT Guidelines) which was a collaborative effort by the Connecticut State Department of Education and the State Department of Public Health to provide schools districts with guidance and protocols for responding to specific Covid-19 scenarios that may occur with school reopening.


Due to COVID health and safety concerns, any student with any one of the potential COVID symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing, fever or chills, fatigue, muscle or body ache, headache, new loss or taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) must remain home until the CSDE and CT DPH guidance is met in accordance with Addendum 5.


Addendum 5 has several scenarios based on symptoms and exposure. Becoming familiar with the document will be helpful as I will be referring to this often this year as we continue to experience this global pandemic.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions .


Stay well,

Lisa Martire

Virtual Learning Reminders

  • Students will be visible to the teacher and other participating students (please remind your child to have their camera on throughout the lessons).
  • Parents are encouraged to have their students independently participate via a location that is quiet and free of distraction, to the extent possible. Other individuals in the home are not permitted to participate in or be visible on the video conference, or otherwise observe the lesson, other than reasonable adult supervision of the student.
  • Parents and students are prohibited from recording video conferencing sessions. The district will not be recording any classes/sessions.
  • Depending on each student’s individual circumstance, teachers or service providers may request the facilitation of the supervising adult to assist the student in engaging in the session.
  • In addition, if your child needs to leave for a period of time during instruction (i.e. doctor or dentist appointment), please notify the classroom teacher ahead of time, just as you would if they were in the building.


Thank you so much for your partnership in making this experience a success!

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School Dismissal Manager


We continue to use School Dismissal Manager this year at Scotland. Please click below for information regarding this system. This system will be available to families in late August. A welcome letter will be emailed to families when the system is available. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

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