ESA Weekly Parent Update

January 29, 2023

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Save the Date for Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held this Thursday, February 2nd from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. All families are invited to discuss student progress. Be sure to check the cafeteria for Lost and Found items.

There is no school for students on Thursday or Friday.

Report cards were sent home with students on Friday.

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-we cannot accept anymore applications for the after school program at this time. The program is full and we are pulling students from the waitlist first. Thank you for your interest!


-Any items left in the Lost and Found will be donated to Goodwill on Friday, February 3rd. We will have all Lost and Found items laid out in the cafeteria on Thursday during conferences. Please stop by.


-we are unable to hold parent meetings until after 9:30 am. Everyone on our team is involved in student arrival and our number one priority is student safety. Please call the front office to schedule a meeting so we can ensure to address any questions or concerns.


-a reminder that bus riding is a privilege. If students are not following bus rules, they will be suspended from the bus.


-paper copies of the attendance, dress code and cell phone policies will be sent home this week. Please find them attached below as well.

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FUN for FREE :)

Please see the list of some fun free events:

Bowling and Dinner at Sproul Lanes, 745 South Sproul Rd in Springfield
Friday, February 17, 6-8pm

Ice skating at Delco River Rink at 777 Harrah’s Boulevard. You must complete the waiver at and all children must be attended by a guardian aged 18+ at all times.

Thursday, February 2, 5-8pm


Saturday, February 4, 3:45-5pm: Introduction to ballet, followed by pizza dinner, at Widener University. For ages 8+. Please RSVP.


Please see attached flyer for an opportunity to play with Chester City United on Sundays.

Check for more details and future events.

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Wednesday, February 22nd 6pm-8pm; register below

Important information regarding medication

If your child is required to take medication during school hours, it must be dropped off to the nurse by an adult. Please do not send medication into school with your child.

Parent University Event

If you missed the first installment of the series, join us for the next one!!

Parent University in Partnership WIth PNC Banks Presents:

#SecureTheBag Financial Literacy series


Edgmont Scholars 1450 Edgmont Ave, Chester, PA 19013


Tuesday, Feb 7, 2023

Thursday, Feb 9, 2023


6 pm- 8 pm

*Food will be served


A reminder that we still go outside to recess during the cold months. Please make sure your child is coming to school prepared with coats, hats, and gloves so that they are able to participate in recess. If you are in need of any of these items please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

Parent Caregiver Association Updates:

We are still seeking additional parent involvement for the Parent Caregiver Association! Our next meeting will take place Wednesday, February 15th. Future meetings are 3/15, 4/19, and 5/17.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to volunteer please email us:

Pretzel sales will be on hold until the cashless system is up and running. Hopefully we can resume next week! Be on the lookout for a notice.


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Staff Spotlight: Ms. Ashamalanda Rooney

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Ms. Ashamalanda Rooney is a first grade Autistic Support teacher here at ESA! It is her first year here in our building.

Here is how Ms. Rooney's colleagues describe her:

- Ms. Rooney goes out of her way to do whatever her kids need at any given time.

- She is one of the sweetest most approachable people. She really cares about her students. She is always holding her students accountable, especially in the hallways.

- She is a wonderful teacher who cares about her students and the people she works with!

- Ms. Rooney is an advocate for ALL children. I admire her openness to speak truth in times when it is most needed. She always brings joy to those around her and her classroom of little learners.

- Her smile says it all

- She is a wonderful human and teacher

- Ms. Rooney is always willing to help and she is a great person to bounce ideas off of!

- She is flexible, patience, and innovative

- Ms. Rooney is always positive. She's been a great addition to our school family. She truly loves her kids.

- She works and fights so hard to make sure her students have what they need! She is not afraid to challenge them academically and wants to do everything she can to help them grow and learn.

- She is kind and she shows up every day for her kids!

- Ms. Rooney is the best! She is a burst of sunshine on a cloudy day. She is a constant source of encouragement and lifts me up every single day.

Arrival and Dismissal

As the weather becomes colder, I want to reiterate to parents/guardians that school does not open until 8:40 am. There is no supervision of students prior to 8:40 am. Breakfast will be served from 8:40 am - 9:00 am only.

Also, we will not let students be dismissed between 2:30pm and 3:30pm unless you have an emergency that is documented (e.g., a letter or text regarding a doctor's appointment at 3:30). No early dismissal past 2:30pm without documentation. In addition, please be sure to communicate any dismissal changes (e.g., from bus rider to pick up student) prior to 2:30 pm directly to the homeroom teacher through Class Dojo. Please ensure that you have received a response from the teacher and don't assume that they saw the message. We want to make sure that all students are safe!

In addition, students are considered late to school after 9:00 am. Parents MUST walk late students into the building to sign them in and get a late pass. Frequent latenesses result in the loss of instructional time as well as interrupt the instructional time of other students.

Upcoming Dates/Events

Upcoming Events/Dates:

2/2 - Parent Teacher Conferences - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm; no school for students

2/3 - No school for students

2/7 - Parent University at ESA

2/9 - Parent University at ESA

2/15 - Parent Caregiver Association Meeting

2/20 - Presidents' Day Holiday - school is closed for all

2/27 - Asynchronous Day

Dress Down Fridays

Dress Down Fridays are cancelled until further notice. We will communicate when they may begin again.


- Please give teachers and staff 24 hours to respond to communication. If there is an immediate need for an answer, please call the front office.

-If you ever have any questions or concerns, please send me a message on here or through email:

-Ms. Sara Ferguson's email address is

Parent Contact Information

If any of your parent contact information changes, please notify your child's homeroom teacher. We need your most up to date phone numbers in case of an emergency.

Door Dash

-We are seeing an increase in Door Dash deliveries. Please do not Door Dash your child food. Many times the food is left outside causing an unsafe situation. Students are welcomed to have a school lunch or pack their lunch, but Door Dash is not an option.

Dress Code

Please review the ESA dress code:

Expectation: Children are expected to wear the WPCS or Chester Upland School District uniform to school each day. Families are asked to contact the school’s social worker, if they have any questions or concerns about obtaining the uniform.

WPCS Uniform (for 2022-23 only)

Grey Pleated Twill Pants or Grey Pleated Skirt

Maroon Polo Shirt or White Button-down Shirt

Maroon Cardigan or Maroon Sweater Vest with WPCS Emblem

Heather Grey Crew Socks, White Knee-High Socks/White or Maroon Tights

Black or Brown Belt

Black or Brown Shoes (boots may be worn to school but not IN school)

Chester Upland School District Uniform

Black, orange, gray, or white polo shirt

Black, orange, gray, or white crewneck sweatshirt

Black, orange, gray, or white cardigan or sweater

Black, navy blue, or tan khaki style pants or skirts

Physical Education Uniform:

· Maroon Tee Shirt or sweatshirt w/ WPCS logo

· Maroon Sweat Pants or gym shorts w/ WPCS logo

- Solid color t-shirts, gyms short, sweatpants, and/or sweatshirt. (Black, orange, white, gray)

· White socks

· Sneakers



Stained, torn or overly worn uniforms

Striped, designed, decorated or brightly colored socks and undershirts

Fanny packs and purses( purses can be no larger then 8 inches wide and 5 inches in length)

Cell Phone Policy

Please review the cell phone policy:

Cell Phone and Electronic Devices

The use of cell phones and electronic devices are not permitted at ESA. Upon entering the school building students must turn off all electronic devices and keep them stored in their backpack or lockers (grades 5-8) If the electronic device is seen or heard by an ESA Staff member, the device will be confiscated. The first time the device is confiscated it will be returned to the student at the end of the day. For each infraction thereafter, confiscated phones will be turned in to the Dean and must be picked up by an adult. Confiscated phones will not be given back to the child. ESA will not assume responsibility for the loss or theft of any electronic device. Smart Watches are prohibited from being worn in the building. ESA reserves the right to reasonably search and/or confiscate any and all electronic devices to the extent allowed by applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.