Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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Week of June 7, 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,


As you are aware, Field Day has been rescheduled for this week! Today, students in grades K-4 will participate in Field Day. On Friday, June 11th, 5th grade students will participate. Please see the note below from Mr. Truchsess regarding Field Day reminders! Don't forget to send your child in their PTA provided Team Scotland Shirts!!


Ridgefield Public Schools will be collecting Chromebooks and chargers from Scotland students on Wednesday, June 9th. Kindly make sure to send your child(ren) in with both their device and charger on this day. If your family will be taking your child out of school prior to this date, please send them with their Chromebook and charger before you leave. If your child(ren) are remote learners with an RPS device, please drop off the item at school no later than 11:00am on Tuesday, June 15th. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Congratulations to our 4th and 5th grade orchestras and our 5th grade band for a fantastic Spring Showcase last week! Led by Ms. McGowan and Mr. Tornatore, these students serenaded our school with music they have practiced all year (2 years for our 5th graders)! They did a fantastic job performing! Click here to see the video!


If your family has moved or is planning to move, please be sure to contact Linda Lupinacci at llupinacci@ridgefieldps.net. It is imperative that we have current contact information and addresses for all students within the building.


Wishing you all a wonderful, healthy week!


Kind regards,

Jill


*Follow Scotland on Instagram @ScotlandElementarySchool

Student Council’s Final Five Fashion Days

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Field Day Notes!

Field Day will be Monday, June 7th for students in grades K-4. Students in grade 5 will participate on Friday, June 11th.


Students should dress appropriately for the weather/activities. A big thank you goes to our PTA for purchasing field day shirts for everyone! Students are encouraged to wear shorts/sweats, sneakers(no cleats), and hats and sunscreen as needed, as well as their Field Day shirt, which were passed out last week. Please remember to send your child in with plenty of water and with their name on their bottle.


Please note that parent visitors are not allowed for field day this year. Only parent volunteers who are signed up to help with field day stations may attend. If you would like to volunteer for field day please contact Rebecca Hurta.


Thank you for your continued effort to keep everyone safe. We look forward to having a wonderful event!


Have a great summer!

-Mr. Truchsess

Scotty Wrap Packs for the 2021-2022 School Year

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Snaps Around Scotland 📸

Author, Grace Lin Virtually Visits Scotland!

Scotland Gardeners!

Guest Announcers

Events & Happenings 📅

WEEK AT A GLANCE:


Monday, June 7th:

  • D Day
  • 5th Grade Promotion
  • Field Day, Grades K-4

Tuesday, June 8th:

  • E Day

Wednesday, June 9th:

  • F Day
  • Chromebook Collection - Please send students with their chromebooks and chargers!

Thursday, June 10th

  • A Day

Friday, June 11th:

  • B Day
  • Field Day - grade 5

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UPCOMING EVENTS:


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)

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 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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