Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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April 4, 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 has taken us just about a week to count all the money you collected during the Fifth-Grade’s Change for Change fundraiser. It was an exciting and successful fundraiser. Congratulations to our students!! Our school raised a total of $5526.49 to build a well in South Sudan! This is simply incredible! Every class did a fantastic job, and we want to thank each of you for your help getting us closer to our $15,000 goal.

Taking the win for overall points goes to the fifth-graders in Mrs. Pasquarella’s classroom. The class with the most money collected in their jar, totaling a whopping $905.02, a big congratulation and thank you goes to Mrs. Lucchesi’s fourth graders.

Between our Bottles to Beauty Art Night and our Change for Change fundraiser, we are just about halfway to our goal. Thank you to the Grandview Drive Neighbors for the $185 donation to Water for South Sudan. Thank you for the entrepreneurship to sell PALM Bracelets totaling $100 and for donating to Water for South Sudan - those involved were Poppy P, Alex M, Liliana C, Lily S, and Millie P. Thank you, all for your incredible donations and support!

We are currently in the midst of our Scotty Math-a-thon! We have been recognizing winners throughout the week! Don't forget, the Scotty Math-a-thon runs through Friday, April 8th!


March Book Madness continues this week! This week, students in grades k-2 will be reading and voting on K-2: The Cot in the Living Room vs. Except Antarctica!. Students in grades 3-5 will be reading and voting on,3-5: This Very Tree vs. Aaron Slater, Illustrator. We are down to the final weeks!!

Our COVID-19 screenings for families who have opted in will continue this week, Tuesday, April 5th, 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, restful spring break! Have 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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Author Visit - Sarah Weeks

On Thursday, April 28th Author Sarah Weeks will be virtually visiting SES 4th and 5th grade classes to discuss the art of writing. Some of her titles like her NUTMEG NOMINEE books, PIE and SAVE ME A SEAT along with her other titles like Honey, Soof and Cheese all make for a great opportunity to read!

You too can join in on our love of reading and learning about our upcoming author event by ordering one of her titles. THESE TITLES ARE NOT JUST FOR FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE! To join in on the fun the link listed below is for an online book sales collection exclusively for Scotland Elementary which includes early elementary titles. Ordering is completely online and all sales will be given a 20% discount just by including the discount code VIP20 at checkout.

Be sure to have your child’s and teacher’s name ready when ordering as signed bookplates* will be added to the copies you purchase as long as we have the appropriate names. Be sure to join in on the fun! Your discount code is: VIP20

*Books and bookplates will be shipped as quickly as possible after our exclusive online ordering event has closed.

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Snaps Around Scotland 📸

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Events and Happenings 🗓


Monday, April 4th:

  • B Day

Tuesday, April 5th:

  • C Day

Wednesday, April 6th:

  • D Day

Thursday, April 7th:

  • E Day

Friday, April 8th:

  • F Day
  • Changed to a full day of school!
  • 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