Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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December 13, 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,


I hope you are all well, and had a wonderful weekend. Beginning on Thursday this week, we will have spirit days to count down until winter break! Please see the spirit days below!


Did you miss the Holiday Boutique last Friday? No problem, The Tutoring Club in town has offered to have Scotties come by to shop over the next week. The items will be set up flea market style with $1, $3 and $5 boxes for kids to look through. Lots of great items are still available!! You must add Boutique Bucks online and have printed shopping vouchers to shop. No cash will be accepted at all.


Next week Dr. DeSantis and his team will launch the first parent workshop in the RPS series for the 2021-2022 School Year. As advertised in the Fall Curriculum Newsletter, the workshop is called Instructional Technology: Parent Survival Guide. It will take place virtually on December 16 at 9:30 a.m. on this YouTube Channel. The workshop will provide parents with all the tools that they need to support their children at home with instructional technology. The workshop will be live-streamed and recorded for future viewing.


Our COVID screenings for families who have opted in will continue this week on Tuesday, December 14th, beginning at 8:50am. If you would like to opt your child in, kindly indicate so in PowerSchool, and notify Mrs. Martire (lmartire@ridgefieldps.net) and Mr. Crook (acrook@ridgefieldps.net).


This will be our last Scotty Update for 2021. Wishing you all a restful break, and wonderful holiday season. We have so much to be grateful for this and every year. One of my greatest treasures is being a part of the Scotland community. ♥️ Sending you all wishes of health and wellness this holiday season! We are all looking forward to welcoming back our students in January.


Kind regards,

Jill

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Snaps around Scotland 📸

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Events and Happenings 🗓

WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, December 13th:

  • B Day

Tuesday, December 14th:

  • C Day

Wednesday, December 15th:

  • D Day

Thursday, December 16th:

  • E Day

Friday, December 17th:

  • F Day


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UPCOMING EVENTS:


Wednesday, December 22nd:

  • Early dismissal for students (11:40am)


Thursday, December 23rd-Friday, December 31st

  • No school - winter recess
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Health and Safety Updates (Shared by Dr. Da Silva)

With the new Screen and Stay program now in place, it is important to remind families and staff that those who are experiencing a symptom of COVID-19, whether vaccinated or not, must stay home from school. We are still following Addendum 5 which states that any person with a COVID-19 symptom must get a negative antigen or PCR test to return to school, or isolate at home for 10 days if not tested. Students who are sent home by the school nurse may return to school immediately upon receipt of a negative COVID-19 test as long as fever, vomiting, or diarrhea are not present.


As shared last week, RPS has begun following the CT DPH Screen and Stay protocols. Unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 at school with masks on may opt to continue coming to school if parents or guardians attest that they are performing a COVID-19 symptom check daily for 14 days. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 if they remain symptom free. This applies even if the exposure happened within six feet during lunch with masks off. Students who are not fully vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19 within six feet while masks are off at lunch are not eligible for Screen and Stay and still need to quarantine at home. Students participating in Screen and Stay may continue to come to school but must quarantine from extracurricular and after-school activities. They can get a negative test on day five and return to after-school activities on day eight if they remain symptom free. The detailed protocols can be found here.


Health and Safety

With the adoption of Screen and Stay we have created a short FAQ for families:

Q: I have learned that some students within the classroom are placed in quarantine, while others can participate in Screen and Stay. Why didn't the entire class have to quarantine?

A: The DPH has found that student to student transmission is rare when masks are worn in school and has prioritized having kids in school given that transmission in school is rare. Screen and Stay was created to allow students who were wearing a mask during exposure to COVID-19 in school to continue participating in in person learning. When students are unmasked and within 6 feet like at lunch time, Screen and Stay does not apply and we follow Addendum 5.


Q: In regards to the Screen and Stay, it is my understanding that no one has to get tested and my child can still come to school tomorrow. However, if symptoms begin then he/she would have to get tested and quarantined from school. Is that correct?

A: Yes, if symptoms develop during the 14 day Screen and Stay period. Addendum 5 applies. A fully vaccinated student with a symptom would be able to return with a negative test after symptoms have resolved. An unvaccinated student would be allowed to return to school on day 8 with a negative test on day 5 or later. Those opting not to get tested must isolate at home for 10 days.


Q: Is it required that Screen and Stay students get tested?

A: Screen and Stay students are not required to get tested, but it is highly recommended.


Q: Is it OK for the students participating in Screen and Stay to take the bus to school?

A: Yes it is.


Q: How long are students in Screen and Stay quarantining socially (after-school programs, sports, etc.)?

A: Students should quarantine from social events for 14 days or get a negative test on day 5 and return to social activities on day 8.


Q: How long are we monitoring for symptoms?

A: 14 days.

A Note from Our PTA

Toys for Tots Collection at SES

Exciting news: Starting today SES will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for our local Marine Toys for Tots.
The collection box will be in the front hallway until December 15th.

Please help us bring the joy of the holidays to local children in need.

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.

Quarantine Learning Information

If an entire class is placed in quarantine, students will be logging into their Google Classroom, and will participate in daily lessons with their classroom teacher. Our essentials teachers will also be logging into the Google Classroom to provide virtual instruction for students.


If individual students are placed in quarantine (perhaps due to an outside exposure, or an exposure on the bus, sports, etc), students will be invited to join our Quarantine Learning Classroom. You can view the Quarantine Learning Parent Handbook here. During their time home, students will receive grade level appropriate instruction provided to all students in their grade level district-wide who have also been placed in quarantine. You can find additional information about Quarantine Learning, shared by Dr. Da Silva on September 10th.


Our virtual learning expectations in either situation remain the same as last year.

  • 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 also 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), kindly notify the quarantine learning or classroom teacher ahead of time, just as you would if they were in the building.


As always, I thank you for your partnership and support as we continue to navigate this school year together.

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 SignUp.com 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 sesnotes1@gmail.com with any questions.

Schedules

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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 john.morris2@compass-usa.com
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We will follow a similar drop off / pick up procedure that we did last year.


Arrival

  • Drop off begins at 8:30am. Please do not drop off your child prior to 8:30am as there will be no supervision at this time.

Dismissal

  • Pick up will begin at 3:20pm.
  • Each day, please have your child(ren)’s first and last name displayed on your passenger visor, and have it remain visible until your child is in the car. This needs to be bold and large enough to be visible at a distance. This is a very important step to ensure we have your child ready when you arrive.
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  • For the safety of both students and staff, proceed carefully and slowly through the lot.
  • Please have your child exit/enter the vehicle when your gear is in the park position and is one of the cars at the front of the line designated for drop off.
  • Students must exit the vehicle on the passenger side (building side) of the vehicle. Multiple children must exit on the passenger side. It is dangerous to exit/enter on the driver's side of the vehicle!
  • Students need to have all of their items ready in hand and will then exit the car immediately.
  • Parents, please stay in your vehicle at all times so that the process will prevent backups on Barlow Mountain Road.
  • If you miss the drop off time (after 8:45 a.m.), please park in the front lot and walk your child across the designated crosswalk to the main entrance of the building. If you arrive after the drop off window and must park in the parking lot, we ask that you kindly use the crosswalk.
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School Dismissal Manager


We will 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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