Smithfield Elementary News

December 2020

Letter from the Principal

Dear Smithfield Families,


As we navigate this unusual time of many changes, it is important to me that you are kept informed about available resources. Your child's teacher is your number one resource - feel free to reach out to them with any questions. Additional resources are shared below. If you do not find what you are looking for, check out both the district and Smithfield Elementary websites at www.esasd.net.


Wishing you a very safe winter season!


Kristin Lord

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Calendar of Events

Nov. 23rd - Virtual Parent/ Teacher Conferences (12-7:30pm)


Nov 24th - Virtual Parent/ Teacher Conferences (8:30-1:30pm)


Nov 26-30th - Thanksgiving Holiday - School Closed


Dec 1st - Virtual Instruction Begins


Dec 2nd - Picture Make-up Sessions CANCELED


Dec 14th - Progress Reports posted to Sapphire/ sent home


Dec 24th - Jan 1st Winter Recess - School Closed

Virtual Instruction Begins December 1st

The East Stroudsburg Area School District Board of Education, at it regular meeting on November 16th, voted to activate the "Red" (or substantial spread) phase of our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan effective December 1, 2020. Therefore, after Thanksgiving Break, students will receive virtual instruction by their current teachers beginning December 1 until the end of the second marking period on January 15, 2021. Winter sports will also be postponed during this time.

Grab and Go Meals Available at Smithfield: Dec. 1st - Jan 15th

Drive thru Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunches are available at NO COST!


When: 10am - 1pm

Where: Smithfield Elementary School (or any other conveniently located ESASD school building)

How: Drive up to the curb in the front of the building and the meals will be brought to the vehicle. Look for the "Free Meal" sign.

Who: Anyone 18 and under. No identification required.

Grab and Go Meals Available In The Evenings!

When: 3:00 - 6:00pm

Where: South High School/ Middle Smithfield Elementary School/ J.T. Lambert Intermediate School

How: Drive up to the curb in the front of the building and the meals will be brought to the vehicle. Look for the "Free Meal" sign.

Who: Anyone 18 and under. No identification required.

Meal Delivery via School Buses Starts Again

Meal delivery via our school buses will restart again for the entire school district. Bus delivery of meals will follow the same schedule as was done during Spring/ Summer 2020. For more information, contact the food service office at (570) 424-8500 Ext: 10506 or 10505.

Is Your Child Struggling?

Our guidance counselors are ready to assist!


Laura Osmun: laura-osmun@esasd.net (Grades K-1)

Lauren Rovi: lauren-rovi@esasd.net (Grades 2-5)

Resources For Families


Pennsylvanians who have lost health coverage or are currently uninsured and need coverage for themselves or their children may qualify for coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Medicaid and CHIP provide coverage for routine and emergency health services, tests and screenings, and prescriptions. COVID-19 testing and treatment are also covered by both Medicaid and CHIP.

Medicaid and CHIP enroll individuals throughout the year and do not have a limited or special enrollment time, so people needing health coverage can apply for these programs at any time. There are income limits for Medicaid, but all children qualify for coverage through CHIP regardless of family income. Families can apply for Medicaid or CHIP at www.compass.state.pa.us.Opens In A New Window


Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

The Pennsylvania Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has improved the nutrition and health of families in Pennsylvania since 1974 by providing nutrition services, breastfeeding support, health care and social service referrals, and healthy foods. Through WIC, pregnant women, mothers, and caregivers of infants and young children learn about good nutrition to keep themselves and their families healthy.

WIC serves pregnant women, breastfeeding women for up to one year postpartum, women up to six months postpartum who are not breastfeeding, and infants and children under 5 years old. Furthermore, these individuals must also meet WIC income guidelinesOpens In A New Window and a medical or nutritional risk, which is determined at the WIC certification appointment. To apply for WIC, call the toll-free WIC Hotline 1-800-WIC-WINSOpens In A New Window to be connected to WIC office staff who will answer your questions and schedule your appointment, or get started online.Opens In A New Window


ChildLine 1-800-932-0313

Email for Attendance Notes

For your convenience, an email address has been created for sending absence notes. Notes may be sent to smi-attendance@esasd.net

Join Smithfield's Class Dojo for Updates

All grade levels at Smithfield Elementary will be using Class DoJo for communication with families this year. Use the following link to join our building DoJo. https://www.classdojo.com/invite/?s=561eb8f6c46521bf68fdd2aa

Having Chromebook Issues?

After School Clubs/ Activities

Due to the pandemic, after school clubs and activities are not occurring at this time. We will keep you informed of any changes.