THE PRIDE PRESS

Essex Elementary School Newsletter

November 23, 2020

PRINCIPAL NEWS

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EES PRIDE DAY

Hello EES Families,

We have enjoyed a wonderful few weeks of school. Students and staff are working hard, learning lots and going above and beyond everyday! We have been learning about our School Rules and CARES the last few weeks and celebrated all of our accomplishments on Friday at our PRIDE Celebration. We have three School Rules: We Take Care of Ourselves, We Take Care of Each Other, and We Take Care of our School. Our CARES stands for:

Cooperation

Assertion

Responsibility

Empathy

and

Self-Control.

At our celebration Preschool won the Cooperation Award, Kindergarten won the Assertion Award, and 1st Grade won our Responsibility Award. (We are rolling out the E. and S. in CARES when we return from break). 2nd Grade won our We Take Care of Ourselves Award, the staff won our We Take Care of Each Other Award. Our We Take Care of our School Award went to all of you; our families! Your student brought home our award to you in their Friday Folders. We want to thank you all for our unwavering support to keep our students safe and learning everyday; thank you!

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Reminder: We will have slightly new arrival and pick up procedures when you return on November 30th. Please see this link for specific details.

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I hope you all enjoy a restful Thanksgiving break with your families. I am grateful to work with your children everyday and for all you do to make that possible.


Take care,
Ashley

SCHOOL COUNSELORS

Hello Families,


For the past four weeks EES school counselors have been teaching “Guidance” in each classroom. Guidance consists of whole group lessons in which students can learn about and practice self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, social awareness, and decision-making. One way that school counselors support the social and emotional development of all students is through our guidance rotations, in which we teach 4-6 week units in all classrooms.


In our fall guidance rotation we focused on self-awareness and management. For our early learners the first step in this is to identify emotions in themselves and others. We talked to kids about how emotions look on faces (even with masks) and bodies, how they sound, and how they feel in our bodies. Students described events that they had strong feelings about, with a focus on noticing feelings related to the Covid-19 pandemic.


You can continue this work at home with your children. Using emotion words to describe how you and your family members are feeling is a great start. Identifying emotions is the first step in learning how to cope with strong feelings, and is something we practice often at school! The emotions/sensations wheel below can help support identifying emotions in your family.

Please feel free to reach out to your child’s school counselor if you have any questions.

We hope that you have a restful, healthy break~


Brea, Jen, and Sarah

EES School Counselors

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HEALTH OFFICE

Dear Parents and Guardians,


I wish you all a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving.

During this Holiday Season please follow the Governors New Mitigation Measures.

https://governor.vermont.gov/press-release/covid-19-cases-rise-governor-phil-scott-announces-new-mitigation-measures

I know it is difficult being away from family and friends. The more we do now, the sooner we can all be together again. Following these measures also help us as an EES community keep our students in school as long as it is safe for us to do so.


Enjoy your time off with your families,

Kimberly Bullock, BSN, RN

EES Nurse

ART

News from the Art Cart!

EES artists have been busy!

See more photos when you visit our Instagram account.


All the best,

Ms. L and the Art Cart!

SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

LATE ARRIVAL / EARLY DISMISSAL

If your student will be arriving after 8:00 a.m. please pull up to the front of the school and call the main office at 878-2584. A staff member will walk out to receive your child, take their temperature and escort them to their classroom.


Please communicate in advance if you need to pick your child up early and call the school when you arrive. We will escort your child outside to you. We are unable to accommodate early pick up times after 2:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m. on Wednesdays) due to the dismissal process.

UPCOMING EVENTS/ REMINDERS

  • 11/23 - Parent conferences (via Zoom)
  • 11/23-27 - Thanksgiving Break - No school
  • 12/1 - Picture retakes
  • 12/23-1/3 - Early Winter Break - No School
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LOST AND FOUND

We are already collecting items in our lost and found! This is a friendly reminder to please label all of your child's belongings that come to school. If items are labeled we make every effort to get them back to your child. We are unable to keep items in our lost and found for extended periods of time this year. Unlabeled items will be discarded after 30 days.

**SCHOOL CLOSED NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 27**

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ESSEX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

We take care of ourselves

We take care of each other

We take care of our school


CARES

Cooperation Assertion Responsibility Empathy Self-Control