Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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April 18, 2022

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 at the beginning of each week to review our newsletter. Thank you!

A Message from Mrs. Katkocin ❤️

Dear Scotland Families,

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed the week off and had an opportunity to rest and relax! It is hard to believe we have just 10 weeks left in this school year! We have many fun events planned in that time, please see below for the dates for each event!

As mentioned in a recent communication from Mrs. Cory Gillette, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, our students in Grades 3-5 will complete the state standardized testing this spring. Students in Grades 3-5 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment. In addition, students in Grade 5 will complete the Next Generation Science Standards Assessment. Our students at Scotland Elementary will be completing the testing in May, and they will be following the schedule below.

Testing is scheduled over multiple sessions, but may be scheduled in shorter or longer sessions as appropriate for the students in the school. SBA is untimed for all students, and additional days are incorporated into the schedule to allow for all students to work at their own pace. We ask that you try to avoid scheduling appointments during your child’s testing window so that students can be present during their scheduled assessment periods. Please see the schedules below.

More information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment may be accessed on the Smarter Balanced website at and the NGSS (Gr. 5 only) website at:

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Our Book Madness has just two weeks left! This week, students in grades k-2 will be reading and voting on K-2: Norman Didn't Do It (Yes, He Did!) vs. Except Antarctica!. Students in grades 3-5 will be reading and voting on 3-5: Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball vs. This Very Tree. We are down to the last four books!!

Our COVID-19 screenings for families who have opted in will continue this week, Tuesday, April 19th, beginning at 8:50am. If you would like to opt your child in, kindly indicate so in PowerSchool, and notify Mrs. Martire ( and Mr. Crook ( Once your child is fully vaccinated please email Aaron Crook to remove your child from the testing roster.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Kind regards,


Kindergarten Registration: If you have a child turning 5 before January 1, 2023 please contact the main office at (203) 894-5825.

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PTA After School Enrichment Reminders

The SES PTA After School Enrichment program begins this week for those who have registered.

Mondays: April 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sports Mix, Canvas Art & Ukelele

Wednesdays: April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

Running & Fitness Club, Canvas Art & Music Video Workshop

A reminder that it is imperative that you sign in to your Dismissal Manager account and indicate that your child will be going to after-school enrichment each Monday of the program. You can go ahead and enter it for all 6 weeks. If for any reason your child is NOT attending or is being picked up by someone other than you, please be sure to go in and update the system.

To ensure all students go home safely, we are tightening up the dismissal procedure for After School Enrichment. Students will be seated with their classes in the cafeteria. Parents must sign out EACH child (siblings need to be signed out individually) with the attendance teacher. Please DO NOT take your child before they have been signed out. Please be PATIENT. The dismissal teacher will move as quickly as possible.

Please make every effort to arrive on time for pick up. The PTA does incur extra dismissal costs for late pick-ups. If you arrive later than 10 min, the PTA will need to charge you a $10 late fee.


Snaps Around Scotland 📸

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Paraeducator Appreciation Day!!

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Events and Happenings 🗓


Monday, April 18th:

  • A Day

Tuesday, April 19th:

  • B Day

Wednesday, April 20th:

  • C Day

Thursday, April 21st:

  • D Day

Friday, April 22nd:

  • E Day
  • Scotty Spirit Day - wear your spiritwear or red and black!



Thursday, April 28th:

  • Author Visit, Sarah Weeks - Grades 4-5

Tuesday, May 9 - Wednesday, May 10th:

  • Spring Book Fair

Thursday, May 19th:

  • Scotland Art Show
  • 5:30-6:45pm

Thursday, May 26th:

  • Scotty Fun Run
  • 3:30-4:15pm

Tuesday, June 7th:

  • Spring Concert
  • 6:00pm

Thursday, June 9th:

  • Field Day

Wednesday, June 22nd:

  • 5th Grade Play
  • 6:00pm

Thursday, June 23rd:

  • 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony
  • 9:30am

Essentials Schedule - Effective 1/25/2022

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A Note from Our PTA

Join the SES PTA Board Next Year!

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If you are interested in joining the PTA Board, please email

Important Information to Keep Handy! 📝

Cafeteria Snack!

Snack will be available for 4th and 5th graders beginning in October. While school lunch continues to be free during the 21-22 school year, these snacks are available for purchase. These items can be purchased at the school kitchen or prepaid online at School Payment Portal Powered By LunchTime Software using your child's Lunch Pin available in PowerSchool. Snacks can not be provided if there is a negative balance in your child's account.

Welcome Back Library Volunteers!

YES! We are able to once again have volunteers during Library Classes! The SES library is looking for volunteers to help with library book check out, reshelving returned books and hands-on activities. Come spend time with your child and help the SES library at the same time! No long-term commitment necessary and it is not hard to do. If you have some time during the day and would like to be a part of the fun, here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 1) Click the link below to see our Sign-Ups by grade on 2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you would like. Please be considerate of other families and choose a few spots to begin with. Once everyone has had a chance to sign up, you can go back and volunteer for any open spots. If you do not see your class listed, it means it already has a volunteer. 3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.

Click on the links here or find them on the SES PTA WEBSITE:

Please contact Amy Tomasco at with any questions.

School Lunch

  • School Lunch will be available from the first day of school. Chartwells is the District-wide food service provider. The school lunch menu is available online on the RPS website; click District Offices and click on Food Service, as well as below.
  • School lunch will continue to be free during the 21-22 school year. Snacks and additional items will be available through The Lunch Time POS system that allows students to purchase their lunch by entering a 5-digit code at the cash register. These items can be prepaid online at School Payment Portal Powered By LunchTime Software and at the school kitchen.
  • Questions in regard to Lunch Time POS can be directed to John Morris, RPS Food Service Director at 203-894-5550 x1127 or