ESS Home Scholar Gazette

Week of 06/08/20

Greetings!


Dear ESS Families,


Thank you for all your support during this unprecedented time in our history. We have hoped that through our newsletter, we have been able to retain some sense of our school community. We look forward to beginning the new school year and know that we will be able to overcome any obstacles that may arise together. But for now, please take this summer to relax and recharge, and enjoy the time with your family.


Stay well and be safe,


Mark Lord

Bethany Calado

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Summer Reading 2020

Enfield Public Schools

www.enfieldschools.org

Take flight with a good book this summer!

You are invited to “Imagine Your Story” this summer as you read. Whether you like eBooks, audiobooks, or paper, the time you spend reading will make you a stronger student!

You have so many resources to help you read throughout the summer:

  • As a resident of Connecticut, you can participate in Connecticut Reads 2020: The Governor's Summer Reading Challenge. Lists of recommended book titles are available at https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/CTRead/Connecticut-Reads. Log your titles on the printable or downloadable journal and return to your school library this fall.

  • Our Enfield Public Library shares ways to read using a fun grid (for kindergarten – completed Grade 5) or an online log (for completed Grade 6 – Grade 12). Visit their website at https://www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org/ for more information on their program, which kicks-off virtually on June 27th.

  • Use your Hoopla app or https://www.hoopladigital.com/ to access eBooks and audiobooks throughout the summer. There are lots of titles to suit your interests, and you can read or listen to the same books as your friends!

  • Reading material can also be obtained through our local Barnes and Noble bookstore, and if you read 8 books or more, you can earn a free book by completing the summer reading journal at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/summer-reading-for-kids.

    Teachers will be interested to hear all about the characters you have “vacationed” with this summer!

    For more information or support with this program, please contact

    Deborah Gaskell, 6-12 English Coordinator, at dgaskell@enfieldpublicschools.org or Adrienne Snow, K-12 Reading & Library Coordinator, at asnow@enfieldpublicschools.org.

    A reading adventure awaits!


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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration is OPEN for the 2020-21 school year.

Please go to our website @ www.enfieldschools.org

And click on the GREEN Striped link BELOW the RED Circle.

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This will bring you to our registration site:

You will need to first create an account.

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This account is meant to be created by an adult family member.

It is important to create only one account per household so that the system

will be able to save and access your information correctly.

Enfield Family Resource Center

Current Link for EFRC Newsletter


During these unprecedented and trying times, everyone could use some help. Please consider the Enfield Family Resource Center as a place you can go for support. Once you ask for help, they will reach out to you over the phone or through a virtual meeting to determine your needs and offer support. This could come in the form of support groups, counseling referrals, help accessing child care or financial resources, or meeting other needs you may have at this time. If you are interested in receiving help, please contact Mr. Lord, Mrs. Calado, or even your child’s classroom teacher. All you need to do is let us know you would like to be contacted for support, and someone will reach out to you.
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PBIS and Counseling

Mrs. Lappen, Ms. Hijeck, and Mrs. Tait,

We would like to thank all the Enfield Street School families who worked tirelessly during such challenging times to ensure a quality educational experience for your children. We know how hard you worked to keep a routine, to keep kids engaged in learning, to navigate the technology, to get the groceries, cook all the meals, do all the laundry, try to keep the house clean, get everyone proper exercise and sleep – all while holding down your own jobs! These were difficult days and our hats are off to all of you! We also want to thank you for making our student’s social and emotional health a priority by participating in so many of the PBIS, SEL and Second Step lessons. We hope it made a difference for your family. We wish you a happy, healthy and enjoyable summer and truly can’t wait to see you all again for school in September.

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School-Wide Activity

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District List of Available Activities

Teacher Spotlight

Kindergarten


Hello Kindergarteners and Families,



There are no words to say “thank you” for all the hard work you have done since school closed. Parents and guardians, thank you for taking over the reins of your child’s education and making the end of kindergarten the best it could be for the kids. Kiddos, thank you for being so ready to learn, happy, and making meetings the best times of our day!



While we are disappointed, stressed, and tired we would have never wished for your child’s kindergarten year to end like this. We miss the laughter that fills our classroom. We miss the jokes between friends. We miss the lightbulb moments and joy when something new is discovered. We even miss reminding them to sit on their bottoms and to walk in the hallway. Field day, field trips, and celebrations all went by the wayside yet the students that were in our classes will be ones that we never forget. We wish we could give them one more hug and have them share one more story during morning meeting or run up to us with a joke at recess.



The kids are going to be even more prepared for the “real” world than we think. They have learned to be flexible thinkers and adjust quickly. They learned how to navigate new technology, how to deal with disappointment and how to have a video conference!



We could have never predicted saying goodbye like this, but we also couldn’t have predicted being so incredibly proud of our students, families, and community for all they have done.



Thank you and have a VERY relaxing summer!



Love, the ESS Kindergarten Team





P.S. Keep reading with your child!

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Second Grade Team

It has been a pleasure working with your child over the course of this past school year and while it did not end the way that we wanted, we know they will do great things in the future. We appreciate all of your hard work and perseverance to get them adjusted to and working through the distance learning experience. We miss all of your children terribly and hope you all have a restful and relaxing summer!!

Love all the Grade 2 Teachers

Special Education

It’s hard for us to believe the end of the school year is here. We would like to thank all of our parents and families. Without any training whatsoever, you were asked to become teachers in addition to still working your regular jobs and, of course, still being parents- all with full-time demands. Educating children is a team effort and remote learning has clearly highlighted that! We thank you for your patience, your understanding and your diligence in helping to make sure your children kept learning during these unprecedented times. We value your partnership now and always! We also recognize each one of our students who still “came to school” each day and gave it their best effort. It wasn’t easy being physically at home and mentally at school but they did it and we are so proud of them! We hope you all have a wonderful summer and take some time to enjoy making fun family memories together.

See you next year!

Mrs. Weir and Mrs. Cianfarani

Specialist Spotlight

Math and Reading Departments

Dear Enfield Street Families,

We in the math and reading departments here at Enfield Street School want to wish everyone a safe and happy summer! Just a gentle reminder to continue practicing social distancing. COVID-19 is not over!

The math department wants to thank all of the children for their hard work and attention to math this year! We are hoping everyone remembers their STMath over the summer!

At this time of year, all teachers, typically remind their students of the importance of frequent reading. It is easy to lose reading momentum and fluency without frequent practice. The Governor’s Reading Challenge “A Universe of Stories” partners with the State’s public libraries to remind us of the thousands of books there for us to enjoy! Aside from books, you can also enjoy the computers, games, and puzzles, available. Don’t forget to check out the Enfield Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. You will find exciting activities with prizes, and even online entertainment. With the possession of a FREE library card you can also enjoy hundreds of ebooks !

In coordination with Governor Lamont we want to encourage all children (along with their families) to enjoy the FREE public library and “…read, learn and have fun with books during the summer months.”

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Have a BEE-autiful Summer!


If you’re looking for something the engage your STEAM interests this summer, be sure to check out Connecticut Science Center’s website (www.ctsciencecenter.org). Find the “science at home” link to find live videos, STEM challenges, coloring pages, and even virtual field trips! -Mrs. Charette


If you are looking to learn about many different types of music and take some virtual field trips type or copy https://cptv.pbslearningmedia.org/ into your internet browser. Type music and click your grade in the filter to bring up a variety of interesting videos. We miss you, and can’t wait to make music with you again! Have a great summer! -Miss Berube & Mrs. Zakoscielny


Enjoy this summer, do a little bit of nothing and daydream a lot.

Art is you and all you do, enjoy being perfectly you.

Ms. Martin


You are amazing artists! Enjoy your summer, check out a museum if you can.

Love, Ms. Delisio


Keep reading over the summer! Take the Governor’s Reading Challenge and/or register for the Enfield Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which kicks off on June 27th. -Mrs. Sadosky


Keep practicing your typing! Try to enjoy the outdoors and nature and disconnect from your technology for a bit. I hope you have a wonderful summer! -Mrs. Hatfield


Dear ESS Physical Education Students,

Congratulations on your hard work and ability to overcome many obstacles the past few months with distance learning.

I am very proud of your continued efforts to do your best with each activity and skill I asked you to practice.

Try to get outside this summer and exercise every day, (walk, bike ride, run, climb a tree, swim, roller blade) most of all be safe and have fun!

I look forward to seeing many of you back next year as first and second graders.

I will try to visit those of you who move on to Parkman School as third graders.

I wish you ALL a restful summer!

Continue to be safe and stay healthy!

-Mr. O’Brien


If you are looking for some LEGO inspiration over the summer please check out the LEGO Education website! They have some great ideas for hands-on LEGO learning from home.

-Mrs. MacFeat

Helpful Links

www.Newsela.com -This site has hundreds of articles for children to read. They begin at grade 2. This is a wonderful resource to challenge an advanced reader.


Don’t forget to practice your facts. Do you have a deck of cards? These 16 games are a fun way to practice at home.


https://www.weareteachers.com/math-card-games/


Starfall

https://www.starfall.com/h/


For social studies and science videos check out brain pop junior. They are offering free access because of school closures.


This is a link for Math Strategy practice. It is lengthy, but has some great things that you can print off for all grade levels. https://community.ksde.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=n2ZHaEprrfs%3D&tabid=6036&mid=14879


Scholastic Grade K

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-prek-k.html


Scholastic Grades 1 & 2

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-1-2.html


Spin a Word Game https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3q9lZGd46F0OTQwMTMxNzktYzVmYi00NTUyLWExYmQtMDc0ZTZhYTdkMzM2


VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

This link will take you to a great resource for Virtual Field Trips! https://www.weareteachers.com/best-virtual-field-trips/

You can access everything from zoos, planetariums, national parks, volcanoes, museums, aquariums, and even Mars – there seems to be something for whatever interests your young learners! It might be a nice break for the whole family!