Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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Week of January 30, 2023

Scotty Updates

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.

Scotland Visitor Log

To ensure the safety of all, if you are scheduled to come into the building for a meeting, classroom event, library helper, or any other visit, you will need to fill out this form before arriving at school.

RPS 2023-2024 Budget Update

Reminders for the Week:


  • Kindergarten Registration is coming soon. If you have a child turning 5 before January 1, 2024 please contact the main office at (203) 894-5825. Please note that kindergarten enrollment numbers have an impact on the number of sections of kindergarten, and the overall staffing within Scotland. More information will be forthcoming!
  • If you need to make a change to your child's dismissal after the daily cutoff time of 12pm, you will need to send an email to both canderson@ridgefieldps.net and llupinacci@ridgefieldps.net in order for us to make that change. We really appreciate your help with this!
  • As shared the last few weeks, on Wednesday, January 25, the RPS Curriculum team hosted a virtual presentation on K-12 Math Pathways. To learn about the pathways and view a recording of this enriching program, please visit the RPS Curriculum YouTube Channel. Mark your calendar for a separate virtual parent presentation on math placement for rising sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students on February 8th at 11am (snow date, February 15 at 11 am). Link here.
K-12 Math Parent Presentation

Curriculum Spotlight 🔦

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Events & Happenings 📆

Monday, January 30th:

  • E Day


Tuesday, January 31st:

  • F Day

Wednesday, February 1st:

  • A Day

Thursday, February 2nd:

  • B Day

Friday, February 3rd:

  • C Day


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Coming Soon:


Friday, February 17th:

  • Early dismissal for students (11:40am)
  • Professional learning for staff


Monday, February 20th:

  • No school - Presidents' Day


Tuesday, February 21st-Friday, February 24th:

  • No school - February Recess

Snaps around Scotland 📸

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What happens if an emergency/weather-related dismissal is declared?

Typically, the district will announce an unscheduled emergency early dismissal prior to 10:30 a.m. If the announcement is made prior to 10:30 a.m., this does provide you with the opportunity to make a change to School Dismissal Manager (SDM).

If there is an unplanned early dismissal, all after-school programs are canceled and children scheduled for after-school enrichment programs, scouts, Boys and Girls Club, The Rec Centers “Stop and Go” etc., will go home on their regular bus (SDM cut off is 10:30 a.m.). Scheduled play dates should confirm that they are to occur. If SDM lists that a playdate is to take place, we will assume it is the correct dismissal plan.
We will not release a child to a friend, neighbor, or anyone else not listed as an emergency contact on PowerSchool. We do honor transportation listed on SDM to daycare vans if that plan pertains to your child.

Students have a 25-minute lunch/snack period according to a modified schedule, and will take place in the classroom. Please ensure that if your child brings lunch from home, they do not have any allergens. Lunch menus often change on early dismissal days and only a cold lunch option is offered.


If there is an unscheduled emergency early dismissal and you need a change after the 10:30 a.m. cut-off, you will need to contact the main office. Please understand that on these days, the main office is very busy; any changes after 10:30 will need an email confirmation sent to Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Lupinacci.

Essentials' Schedule - 2nd Half of the Year

Our essentials schedule will be changing, effective January 24th, which is an A day. Students in grades K, 1, 2 will get an extra session of library in their 6-day rotation, and students in grades 3, 4, 5 will get an extra session of music in their 6-day rotation. This is a switch from the first half of the year. Please find the essentials schedule for the second half of the year below.
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Internet Safety: A Presentation for Parents and Guardians

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Scotties Celebrate Winter!

The PTA needs your help decorating our "Scotties Celebrate" board for winter. Please click the link below to send in pictures and comments showcasing the different holidays and activities your family does in winter. We'll be including a section for Black History Month and Women's History Month which both fall in winter. Suggestions for ways to honor these diversity months are included on our form. Don't have pictures for all three questions? Don't worry, send in what you have now and send more throughout the winter.

SDM Reminder

In an effort to ensure that all students are safe and know how they are getting home, all dismissal changes must be put into School Dismissal Manager no later than 12pm daily. Our office is experiencing a great deal of calls changing the dismissal plans for students at the end of the day. It is challenging to navigate these changes, ensuring that staff are aware and students know how they are getting home so close to dismissal. If you need to make a change to your child's dismissal after the daily cutoff time of 12pm, you will need to send an email to canderson@ridgefieldps.net and llupinacci@ridgefieldps.net in order for us to make that change. We really appreciate your help with this!

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Scotties Helping Scotties!

Within the Scotland community, affording supplies, field trips, yearbooks, enrichment, and activities is never something a student should miss because of financials!


The PTA sets funds aside to help families in our community. We all experience financial challenges, from layoffs to life's moments and everything in between.


If you are experiencing any type of financial challenge, please email the principal about your needs. Your request is FULLY ANONYMOUS to everyone except our principal.


Do not be bashful; our community is always here to help! Please reach out to Jill with any needs you may have!

Information to keep handy...

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Library Volunteers!

Hello and welcome to a New Year in the SES Library! We are excited 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. If you have time in your busy day to volunteer, the SES library would appreciate your help!

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

Kindergarten:https://signup.com/go/RXgASEF

First Grade:https://signup.com/go/sdfnzCz

Second Grade:https://signup.com/go/oAwbgON

Third Grade:https://signup.com/go/DJogDsp

Fourth Grade: https://signup.com/go/mcPzzKd

Fifth Grade: https://signup.com/go/XzBEjrg


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.) Fill out the Visitor Form to let us know the time and day you are coming to Volunteer.

The link is: https://bit.ly/3qbV1is


Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp. Use the links here or find them on the SES PTA WEBSITE


Please contact Amy Tomasco at sesnotes1@gmail.com with any questions.


It's not scary to help out in the LIBRARY!


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Arrival & Dismissal 🚗

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 3:25pm.
  • 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.

Chromebooks 💻

Chromebooks K-5:
  • For information on this year's Chromebook distribution and policies click here to watch a short video
  • If you have further questions or concerns email: helpdesk@ridgefieldps.net

School Lunch 🥪

Ridgefield Public Schools announced that they have contracted with Aramark to be the District’s new food service provider. Aramark’s commitment to excellence, affordability, the environment, and diversity were all important in this decision.


The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) advised that federal funds have been allocated for the Free School Meals for Children grant.

  • Funding will support free lunches for all students in grades K-8 until funds are depleted.
  • 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. Please read the letter here.

School Lunch will be available from the first day of school.



The school lunch menu is available online on the RPS website; click District Offices and click on Food Service, as well as below.


There will be no change in the payment system; all school lunch balances will roll over.


Questions in regard to Lunch Time POS can be directed to Eric Nickelson, RPS Food Service Director at 203-894-5550 x1127 or enickelson@ridgefieldps.net


Please find the lunch menu below.

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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!

Spotlight on Curriculum 🔦