Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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March 21, 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 weekend! It is with mixed emotion that I share that Sarah Weirsman is going to be leaving Ridgefield Public Schools on April 11th. We are so appreciative of all of the support Ms. Weirsman has provided our students, families and staff the past eight years. While we will miss Ms. Weirsman, we are excited for her as she continues to grow in her career!

Over the past few weeks, Scotland Students have participated in: Emotionally Intelligent School Week: Supporting The Social-Emotional Well-Being of Every Student!

This Social Emotional Learning (SEL) week supplied students with successful strategies to be used when communicating and handling social, emotional, and behavioral challenges- in and out of the classroom. This exercise helps prevent many problems faced by youth today: violence, prejudice, racism, drug abuse, suicide, low motivation and achievement, and low self-esteem. Most importantly, these strategies allow adults to help students develop an invincible mindset and an unshakable sense of self.

"Love Bucket” Activity (grades k-2)

The direct goal of this activity was to:

  • help students understand behavior and social-emotional intelligence (we are wired for love, attention, and connection)
  • Develop awareness that every interaction is an exchange (we either are giving people love or taking it away)
  • Practice and promote kindness, empathy, and connection building habits in the classroom.

"Filtering Thoughts” Activity (grades 3-5)

The direct goals of this activity was to:

  • Develop social and emotional intelligence (understanding the impact of their words and actions)
  • Help students make more positive choices of actions and interactions going forward.
  • Create supportive and positive relationships with other students and adults.
  • Increase sense of belonging and acceptance in the classroom and develop positive attitude habits.

A huge thank you to Lorena Seidel for creating these presentations for our students, and to the Scotland PTA for sponsoring this Social Emotional Learning Week!


March Book Madness continues this week! This week, students in grades k-2 will be reading and voting on Stroller Coaster by Matt Ringler, Raul The Third, and Elaine Bay vs. Except Antarctica! by Todd Sturgell. Students in grades 3-5 will be reading and voting on, Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts vs. Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer by Traci Sorell and Natasha Donovan. We can't wait to find out which texts were the students' favorite!

Our COVID-19 screenings for families who have opted in will continue this week, Tuesday, March 22nd, 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.

Have a wonderful week!

Kind regards,


Kindergarten Registration is coming soon. If you have a child turning 5 before January 1, 2023 please contact the main office at (203) 894-5825. More information will be forthcoming!

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Invention Convention! 👩🏻‍🔬🧑🏽‍🔬

This year, the Scotland PTA called out to the young inventors in our school and six creative minds answered. Six students, Olive Moffit, Arabelle Collin, Fiona Lui, Jay Messina, Ryan Krsulich and Dylan Hamilton in a few short weeks decided what problem they wanted to try and solve. Each inventor did research in to their problems and the inventions that already may try and address them. Then they put on their creative thinking caps, designed and tested what they thought was an even stronger solution! They solved problems like how let other’s know how they feel if they were unable to speak, how to get water into a chicken coop without getting pecked, and how to slice fruit, vegetables, and bread without risking cutting themselves. Others tackled difficult problems like unwrapping bandaids and making masks less itchy.

After building their invention, inventors created a video explaining their process. Adult judges voted for one of our inventors to move forward and represent Scotland at the Connecticut State Invention Convention.

Congratulations to all our inventors, and good luck to fifth-grader, Dylan Hamilton as he takes his Sleeve Splash Guards onto the next level!!

Snaps Around Scotland 📸

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Events and Happenings 🗓


Monday, March 21st:

  • D Day

Tuesday, March 22nd:

  • E Day

Wednesday, March 23rd:

  • F Day

Thursday, March 24th:

  • A Day

Friday, March 25th:

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



Friday, April 8th:

  • Changed to full day

Monday, April 11th-Friday, April 15th:

  • Spring Recess - No School

Essentials Schedule - Effective 1/25/2022

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A Note from Our PTA

Join the NEW Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

This committee will focus on how to take the meaningful work done during diversity week and integrate it throughout the school year. The goals of this team will be to broaden students’ exposure to various histories and cultures not currently represented in school activities and foster an enriching and supporting climate with a racial, gender, and social equity lens that allows all students, staff, and families to thrive and succeed. Commitment- attend 1-2 meetings a month (schedule will be dependent on team members' availability). Please reach out to Dana Harnett at if you are interested in joining this committee.

Save the Date!

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The PTA Needs You! Volunteers Wanted!

We're so excited to get parents involved again at SES! We're so LUCKY to be able to offer opportunities for you to help our kiddos and our school!!

Volunteering with the PTA allows you to contribute your skills and knowledge for the benefit of both your own children and the greater school community. You’ll also meet and make new friends!

Please fill out the form and you'll hear back from us soon!

CLICK HERE to find out all the ways YOU can make a difference this year - opportunities available for those with extra time and those with little time!)

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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