ESA Weekly Parent Update

January 22, 2023

Save the Date for Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, February 2nd from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Teachers will begin reaching out this week to schedule conference times. All families are invited to discuss student progress.

Report cards will come home with students this Friday, prior to conferences.

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: Mrs. Nicole Riess

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Mrs. Nicole Riess is a first grade teacher here at ESA! Mrs. Riess is a member of the PBIS Committee and a mentor teacher to other staff members.

Here is how students and staff describe Mrs. Riess:

-she is approachable and easy to talk to. She holds her students to high standards, but she is highly supportive of them. She literally exudes sunshine, even when things are hard. She's devoted to the kids and her work.

-Her classroom management is amazing!

-She takes the time to build relationships with all of her kids and supports them no matter what they need.

-Her positivity and willingness to help.

-Mrs. Riess is a kind, caring, and dedicated teacher. She goes above and beyond as an educator and coworker. Even injured, she navigates the hallways with a walker, takes on more students as needed, and helps lead the PBIS committee, always keeping a positive attitude. Mrs. Riess goes above and beyond for the betterment of her students and the ESA school.

-Dedicated to her kids, always interacting with her kids, her classroom is always engaging.

-Takes the time to build relationships with all of her kids and supports them no matter what they need.

-Always shows up, even when she's crumbling.

-Nicky is one of the most engaging and enthusiastic teachers I have ever met! No matter the day, the lesson, or the subject, Mrs. Riess gives her all, and makes her classroom a fun place for every student in her classroom. She works so hard to give her students what they need to be successful. She's a team player and is willing to jump in and help with whatever needs to be done! She works hard to make ESA a better school for every student and staff member we have!

-She handles tricky situations like a pro! She always has her kids' best interests in mind. She is energetic, engaging, and gets kids engaged and invested in their own learning.

-She is the PBIS Queen

-Nicky is reliable and always willing to lend a hand or an ear!

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

2/20 - 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.