Essex Elementary School Newsletter

June 12, 2020

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The last day of school has always been a time of great excitement and tremendous energy here at EES. I have often commented that if we could somehow capture and store the enthusiasm and energy we could meet the electrical demands of a small city! Today, however, is a very different story. Families are coming through the driveways at both sides of the building, picking up lunches and belongings and dropping off Chromebooks. If we could capture this energy, we would have a hard time running a flashlight.

Contrast that, however, with our car parade yesterday! Designed to be a spirit lifter for our children, we found ourselves as a staff tremendously buoyed by the event. While admittedly a comedy of errors, (who knew keeping 30+ cars together could be so hard!) we, as a staff, had such a great time! It was so wonderful to once again actually see the children and families we are here to serve, and the positive energy we felt coming from all of you was overwhelming! Not even a torrential downpour (in an open car!) could dampen our spirits! While this may or may not become a tradition once we return to “normal”, there can be no denying that it came at a crucial time for us. We sincerely hope it did the same for you! I shared the following clip with the staff, as I kept thinking of it all through the parade. I hope you enjoy it!

On a final note, this is my last newsletter to you as the principal of Essex Elementary School. It has been my privilege to serve with a staff whose dedication and commitment to children is beyond compare and also with a community who steadfastly supports and encourages our efforts. Ten years have literally flown by. Except for March. March felt like ten years in and of itself! Take care of yourselves, enjoy a wonderful if somewhat different summer, and I look forward to seeing you all here at Essex Elementary School and at Founders Memorial School in the fall!

Stay safe, stay well,


EES Car Parade!!

We had so much fun driving around Essex and saying hello to students and families! Thank you to everyone who came out to say hello and wave, we loved seeing everyone's smiling faces and all of the wonderful signs! Have a great summer!

Some Farewell videos from EES


Dear Families,

What a school year it’s been! We are awed by the strength, flexibility, and resilience that our school community has shown. We have such gratitude for our students, families, teachers, and staff for coming together and doing their best during this very challenging spring. Yesterday’s parade was such a joyful way to end our year. We know as a staff, seeing so many students and families brought huge smiles and reminded us of why we chose to become educators.

Please refer to the School Counseling section of the EES website should you find yourself in need of community support this summer. There you will find updated community resource lists.

We wish you all a healthy, safe, and fun summer, and look forward to working together again in the fall!

Kim, Brea, and Sarah

chromebook/ library book drop off

Monday June 15th, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m and again from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. we invite parents to come and pick up student belongings and drop off Chromebooks and library books.

  • All pickup/dropoff will be in the driveway on the route 128 side of the building

  • This is curbside pickup only; nobody should or needs to leave their vehicle

  • Please pull into the driveway at the end by the dumpsters (there will be signs!)

  • Pull up to the stop sign where someone will ask for your students name and their teacher’s name. On the driver’s side of the car there will be a cart to place library books and chromebooks on. (no need to leave your car!)

  • Parents/students should label the Chromebook by tucking a sheet of paper into the Chromebook with the student name and school on it, it will make returns go that much smoother. It is sometimes difficult through masks or with drive-by situations to get names heard and recorded.

  • Make sure the charger is included with the Chromebook. Families will be charged for missing chargers. To expedite this, consider putting both the Chromebook and charger into a plastic grocery bag for return.

  • At the opposite end of the drive you will be met by the person who has collected your child’s belongings. They will place the bag(s) in your trunk, front or back seat.

classroom news

Mrs. Yandell's Class

Ben shared his science project, a report on black bears and apple trees.

Health Office News

Student Medications

Hi Parents and Guardians,

I still have several EPI PENS and Inhalers for students.

Please email me so we can set up a time for you to come pick them up.

Stay Well,

Kimberly Bullock, BSN, RN

EES Nurse

Learning Center News

EES Book Return Box

We are pleased to announce that we have an official EES Library Book Return box where families may now return library books. A huge thanks goes to our custodians Tony Smith and Brad Snow for their enthusiasm and carpentry skills. A few more details are still to come, such as a sign, and rubber bands to secure the books before being dropped in. It is located under the roof overhang to the right of the front door, where there is a picnic table and a secondary entrance.

Summer Checkouts from EES

We will be offering summer checkouts again this year.

If your family would like to borrow books from the EES Library, you will need to fill out this online form.

  • Students may borrow up to 5 books
  • Use the Library Catalog to look up books
  • Fill out the online form to let me know which books you wish to borrow.
  • Submit the form by Wednesday, June 10th
  • Pick up your new library selections on Monday, June 15th.
  • Return books at the beginning of the school year.
  • Second graders moving on to FMS may return their EES books to the FMS Library at the beginning of the school year.
  • Tentative plans are being considered for periodic checkouts over the summer months. More information will be posted on the library website.
  • Questions? Contact Mrs. Scrimgeour at


The Child Nutrition staff will continue to provide meals for students throughout the summer break. Please check the EWSD website for updates on locations and times.
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