Esten Editorial Volume #4

December 1, 2020

A Note from the Principal

I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. Before you know it we will be breaking for Christmas and New Year! Time does fly.

I am so pleased with how your children have adjusted to school. They are so well-behaved and really putting forth tremendous effort in all that we are asking them to do. I can see how much they enjoy being at school with their friends and teachers. I would like to remind parents that the work that they are doing on their remote weeks is also being counted in the teacher's grading. Students should be sending in the assignments as per the teacher's directions, either on Class Dojo or in Google Classroom. Work should be being done with the supervision of an adult. They may need reminders and help with organizing their time but should by all means be doing the work by themselves. I have attached two good articles below, each contains pointers on how to help your children.

For more helpful information on remote learning and what you can do to help your children learn from home, join me, Mrs. Hayes, and Mr. Gore on Dec 9th and 10th for a virtual meeting on "how to best support your child with remote learning". A flyer will be coming home with details. The google link is:

Our term ends on December 10th and report cards will be sent home on December 17th. Conferences will be held on Monday, December 21st, and Tuesday 22nd from 12:50-2:50 with evening times from 5:00-7:00 pm on Monday. Like last year we will send home a link for you to schedule your parent-teacher conference. Teachers will be having a phone or video conference with parents. Look for an email in the coming week with information on scheduling your conference.


Notes from the PAC

The PAC has been still finding ways to give back to our students. We have purchased hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes for all classrooms. The PAC is sad to announce that we will not be able to host our holiday shopping boutique. But we still want to give the kids a chance to make the holiday special. We will be sponsoring each child to make a gift for their family in school which will be wrapped and brought home in time for the holidays!

Thank you for the great response to the Name the Circle Raffle. We will update you on the total amount raised.

Nurse's Notes

Season’s Greetings! I would like to share a belated introduction to our CNA, Briana Bocash. She has been assisting in the health office as well as different areas in the school. I’m sure many of your students have met her by now.

As a reminder, please send a spare mask in your child’s backpack. Sometimes a replacement is needed for a broken earpiece or if the mask becomes soiled.

2020-2021 flu season - Students must receive the flu vaccine by December 31, 2020. This applies to all students in Kindergarten-Grade 12 unless they have a medical or religious exemption. This also applies to remote learning students .

Please forward updated physical exams and flu vaccination documentation to the Esten Elementary School nurse, Bernadette Hannigan. School nurse contact information is:

Phone: 781-871-8439

Fax: 781-871-8451

Covid reminder: It is expected that families are monitoring daily for symptoms of COVID-19. If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep him/her home and notify the nurse.

Fever >100.4

Headache in combination w/other symptoms

Cough (not due to another known cause)

Muscle/body aches

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

New loss of taste or smell

Fatigue in combination w/other symptoms

Sore throat

Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known cause) in combination w/other symptoms

For this month of giving thanks, I am thankful to have a staff that is dedicated to the children of Esten.

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Some of our students who were recognized for being safe, and responsible while on the bus.

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Update School Calendar

Below is the updated school calendar. Just a reminder that when we return to school on January 4th Cohort A will be in school learning and Cohort B will be home remotely learning.