Essex Elementary School Newsletter

OCTOBER 11, 2019

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All School Morning Meeting

This morning we held our first All School Morning Meeting where we capped off our six week study of Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy and Self Control. (CARES)

Mrs. Day’s kindergarten class talked about cooperation, Mrs. Allardyce’s second graders defined responsibility and Mrs. Meehan’s class sang a song about self control. We also used the occasion to introduce our new logo (the lion on the masthead of this newsletter) as well as our new mascot, an as yet unnamed lion. (See pictures below) Over the next few weeks we will be holding a schoolwide nomination and voting process to come up with a name for our new mascot. Stay posted!

We also introduced our new t-shirts which have our new logo, our new motto, (We Are the Pride) and the above mentioned CARES on the back. Kids were super excited to see all their teachers wearing them, and even more excited to hear that they will each be receiving their own shirts shortly.

Finally, we talked about Pride. We defined Pride as:

  • The feeling you get when you do a great job.

  • The feeling you get when you work really hard on something.

  • The feeling you get when you do the right thing.

  • And, of course, a community of lions!

All in all, it was a wonderful first morning meeting, and all of our kids, from pre-school through second grade, did a great job showing their pride!

A special thank you to all the teachers involved in planning and carrying out this event!


Our Arctic Adventure Book Fair; Snow Much to Read!

begins Friday, October 11th!

Always an exciting time, this large book fair will offer something for everyone! Lots of new titles and special bargains for all ages, including Dorothy’s List books! Families, faculty and the community are invited to attend this exciting literacy event.

Students will visit the Book Fair to create their wish lists before the Fair officially opens for shopping. Join Mr. Farrell on Saturday from 10:30-11 for a fun read aloud. And Clifford will be popping in for a visit or two. Family shopping hours are listed below:


Friday Oct 11th

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday Oct 12th

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Mr. Farrell’s Read Aloud

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Monday Oct 14th

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tuesday Oct 15th

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday Oct 16th

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday Oct 17th Conference Day

7:00 am - 5:00 pm


We are still looking for volunteers!

Volunteer for 30 minutes or any amount of time that meets your schedule! The Learning Center greatly appreciates any help you can give.

Volunteer opportunities:

Book Fair set-up:

  • Book Fair set-up: Tuesday, October 8th, Noon - 4

Student Visits: Wednesday October 9 - Friday October 11:

  • Help students write down their wish list during School Hours. 2-3 volunteers needed.

  • Inventory control (placing the "last copy" markers on books). 1-2 people needed

Sales: Manning the cash register

  • Friday October 11th: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • Monday October 14th: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday October 15th: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday October 16th: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Funds raised during the book fair help purchase books and support other library programs.

Contact Carol Scrimgeour at 857-2106 or 857-2140 or, or stop by the Learning Center.


On Wednesday, October 16th, we will be celebrating Book Character Day! All students, teachers, and staff at Essex Elementary are encouraged to come to school dressed as a character from a favorite book. Characters and costumes should be age-appropriate and based on a children’s book. It is not necessary to buy a book character costume. Please work with your child to gather an assortment of hats, clothing, and other props to create a homemade costume. Please do not send children to school with masks, props of a violent nature or inappropriate costumes.

Have fun and be creative!!


The Essex Westford School District (and Essex Elementary School right along with it!) has embraced the concept of working together as a Professional Learning Community. (PLC) Explaining all the inner workings of a PLC could, and has, filled volumes of books, articles and websites. In a nutshell, however, a Professional Learning Community seeks to answer four essential questions:

  1. What do we expect students to learn? (Curriculum)

  2. How do we know if they learned it? (Assessment)

  3. How will we respond if they don’t learn? (Intervention)

  4. How will we respond if they already know it? (Extension)

As a staff we have spent considerable time working on the first two questions, and we now find ourselves ready to tackle the last two questions. To help us with this, each grade level has half an hour built into their day to provide additional support for both students who are struggling as well as students who are exceeding. These half hour blocks will take place four times per week, and students will work with other grade level students who are working on similar/identical skills. During these blocks students may be working with their classroom teacher, or they may be working with another professional within the building.

We are very excited (and a little nervous) about starting this new venture, but do so knowing that it is in the very best interest of all our students. I look forward to reporting our successes and our struggles with you in future newsletters!


A Winter Coat Drive is currently underway to include winter coats, snow suits, snow pants, hats, mittens, scarves and boots for children and adults. The winter gear will be distributed at the Heavenly Pantry Food Shelf at their November 21st distribution. We ask that the winter gear is clean and in good repair. Please drop donations in the box at the main entrance. We would like to receive all donations by November 17th.

thank you for your support of this program and for helping our neighbors in need.


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Thank you to our head custodian, Tony Smith for helping to teach kids about composting and recycling during lunch!

Individuals interested in volunteering in our schools must register once a year, even if you are interested in volunteering at multiple schools/locations.


  • 10/11-10/17- Book Fair
  • 10/16 - Book Character Day
  • 10/17 - Parent Conferences
  • 10/18 - Vacation Day- No School
  • 10/28 - Picture Retake Day